Gift of $250,00 will help Sheridan College students with disabilities in Mississauga, Brampton, Oakville

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Published December 4, 2023 at 9:55 am

A $250,000 gift from the CIBC Foundation will help students with disabilities in Oakville, Mississauga and Brampton attend Sheridan College.

The money will directly support students with disabilities through bursaries to help remove financial barriers and allow them to achieve their dream of obtaining a postsecondary education.

The gift will provide students with access to bursaries valued between $1,000 and $2,500.

The new CIBC Bursary for Students with Disabilities will be available to all full-time and part-time students who are registered with Sheridan’s Accessible Learning department and enrolled in select programs in the Pilon School of Business and the Faculty of Applied Sciences and Technology.

“The CIBC Foundation’s gift will further our commitment to providing holistic, meaningful supports for all our students,” said Sheridan president and vice-chancellor Janet Morrison.

“The bursary will have a positive impact on personal well-being, academic success and, consequently, the long-term goals of students with disabilities. Sheridan, in partnership with CIBC, remains deeply vested in inclusivity and equity so all students can learn, thrive and achieve their dreams.”

Sheridan’s Director of Accessible Learning and Inclusion, Janice Fennell, said the need for greater financial supports for students with disabilities, both visible and invisible, was identified during the pandemic and it continues to soar.

“The CIBC Bursary for Students with Disabilities opens the doors to higher education for learners with disabilities, many of whom experience greater financial barriers due to expenses related to disability care,” she said.

“They often require more time to focus on their studies and are not always able to work a part-time job to meet the rising cost of living. I want to thank CIBC for recognizing this important need and working to address it with their gift.”

The bursary will be a part of the comprehensive supports Sheridan continues to develop to ensure all students succeed.

In November, the College’s Accessible Learning team launched a new resource to provide strategies, best practices and principles to help students with Autism Spectrum Disorder thrive in the classroom.

Applications for the bursary will be open in January 2024.

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