Department at Hamilton’s McMaster University launches bursary for Black students


Published December 1, 2021 at 1:49 pm

A department at Hamilton’s McMaster University has launched a bursary in an effort to reduce barriers for Black undergraduate students.

This week, Mac’s Faculty of Social Sciences announced that the Social Sciences Black Student Bursary will be open for applications for the 2022-23 academic year and applicants will not have to satisfy specific academic requirements to qualify for it.

“We know that disadvantages are not equally distributed. Commitments to Black students, their scholarship and excellence must be met with more than words,” said Ameil Joseph, Professor in Equity, Identity and Transformation, on McMaster’s website.

“This bursary is an important step to address the well-known, pervasive, and persistent barriers that have and continue to advance inequities.”

Members of the community are being encouraged to make a donation to support the bursary which will be matched by an anonymous donor who has promised to match donations up to $25,000.

Bursary applicants must self-identify as Black on the university’s online scholarship application program, and identify a financial need to qualify.

“The Faculty of Social Sciences is committed to the development of equity, diversity, inclusion and Indigenous strategies,” said Social Sciences Dean Jeremiah Hurley.

“I’m pleased this donor has taken our commitment to another level.”

To make a donation towards the bursary, visit Mac’s website.

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