Philanthropic investments

Make a lasting impact

Thank you for your generous support of the Faculty of Environment.  Annual philanthropic support from alumni and friends like you has provided thousands of students with financial support, internships and experiential learning opportunities, and helped enhance their student experience through programs and upgrades to facilities in the Faculty of Environment. 

To learn more about any of these opportunities please contact Maryam Latifpoor-Keparoutis, Director of Advancement, Faculty of Environment for more information. 

How to donate

  1. Visit the Support Waterloo website.
  2. Under “How to Give” select the “Give to Waterloo” icon. 

  3. Under "Choose an Area to Support", select "My Faculty". 

  4. Under "Support Your Faculty", select "Faculty of Environment". 

  5. Under "Gift Details" complete the required sections to confirm your gift to the Faculty of Environment, including “Designation” which allows you to choose where you want your gift allocated within the Faculty. 

For additional information have a look at the UWaterloo report on giving or find a donor society.

Strategic fundraising priorities 

Allow the Faculty of Environment or your school or department the flexibility to address gaps in funding to support current students and research. 

1) Global Citizen Internship

By supporting the Faulty of Environment Global Citizen Internship Program, you are mobilizing today’s youth — tomorrow’s global citizens — to sustain our communities, our economies, and our planet. But this is no easy task; they face complex challenges that cannot be solved in isolation, but rather require extensive collaboration across sectors, wide-ranging interdisciplinary knowledge, and deep ingenuity. 

Students need dynamic experiential learning opportunities such as the Global Citizen Internships (PDF). This fund enables committed, talented and passionate environment undergraduate and graduate students to apply their knowledge in a work setting at local and global not for profit organizations. 

These internships provide University of Waterloo Faculty of Environment students with hands-on, experiential education at the workplaces of our leading not-for-profit partners.

It’s a triple-win!

  • Students win because they learn to apply their knowledge in real-world settings, directly serving local communities while building critical leadership skills.
  • The not-for-profit wins because they benefit from the creativity of Canada’s most talented and ambitious students.
  • Society wins because these synergistic collaborations yield new solutions to our biggest environmental challenges.

2) Dean's Entrance Scholarship

Donating to the Dean’s Entrance Scholarship has a measurable and immediate impact by helping us attract, recognize and support deserving incoming students, inspiring them to believe in themselves and putting them on the path to success. By easing their financial strain, your gift to the Dean’s Entrance Scholarship also buys incoming students the most precious gift of all; time - to focus on their studies and experiential learning opportunities, as well as adjust to a rigorous and stimulating environment. 

3) Environment Entrepreneurship Fund

When you give a gift to the Faculty of Environment Entrepreneurship Fund, you are investing in the sustainable business leaders of the future. Through prizes for business pitch competitions, entrepreneurship internships and academic programming, this fund empowers Faculty of Environment students to explore and develop their entrepreneurship initiatives.


a smiling student

University of Waterloo Planning Alumni of Toronto (UWPAT) Scholarship recipient, Enosh Chen.

Before applying, first-year Planning student Enosh Chen knew that the Planning program would meet his needs and align with his values, as his extracurricular activities in the past revolved around helping others and giving back to the community. Enosh is currently adjusting to online courses, while also continuing to connect to the community as member of the Planning Students Association (PSA) as well as interning at Urban Minds, a non-profit organization.   

The UWPAT scholarship has really lightened my financial burden. It has also allowed me to participate in many events and different organizations that give back to the community and that's something I value and I'm very happy that UWPAT has allowed me to participate in such activities. I'm very grateful.

Enosh Chen, planning student