By Simone Joseph
Ryerson students will soon get more financial assistance as part of the Ontario government’s matching gift program.
Robert Crow, executive director of university development at Ryerson, estimates that bursaries of approximately $600 or less will be available in January 1998. These non-repayable bursaries will be awarded based on financial need.
The bursaries are meant to help students in emergency situations, said Bruce Hurley, senior officer of university development. He said they are not meant to be a replacement for OSAP.
The purpose of the bursaries, he said, is “to meet additional expenses when there are no other options available. To pay rent, transit, and food so people can continue their studies.”
Hurley said Ryerson has raised close to $600,000. By March 31, the program’s deadline, Ryerson hopes to raise at least $1.25 million.
Special awards will also be available to specific programs, such as the Arthur Weinthal Award for radio and television arts students and the Dean Shalden Award for students in the interior design program. These awards may exceed $600 and could be based on criteria set by the donor.
The provincial government’s May 1996 budget announced a plan to match any contribution made to Ontario universities and colleges in support of financial aid.
This means any donation made to the Ryerson Ontario Student Opportunity Trust Fund is matched by the government.