Greetings from Grebel, where our campus is bustling with life in a way we have not seen for almost three years.
Students, faculty, and staff have returned to campus and are energized, hopeful, and eager to rebuild connections and community.
2022 has been a troubling year for all of us. Our students are pursuing their education in the context of a climate crisis, wars, a tough economy, and many other challenges. Community, and the values that flow from building community, have never seemed more relevant. Whatever their program of study, our goal is that our students learn to be community builders, starting here at Grebel.
More than ever before, Grebel is committed to offering students a community where all belong and everyone can thrive. We've recently adopted a new Strategic Plan to guide us through the next three years, and one of our most important priorities is to focus on the student experience. (Read more about our Strategic Plan.)
I'm writing to invite your help in supporting our students through a gift to the annual Grebel Fund. This fund supports programs and activities that make Grebel special such as our Chapel program, service trips, and PACS internships. These activities are not otherwise funded through grants or tuition.
The Grebel Fund also supports student awards scholarships and bursaries that help students pay for their education. The cost of university education has increased steadily since I was a student. Tuition for most programs has at least tripled since then, and rental rates for student housing have risen dramatically in the past year. Recently, Macleans reported that the average bachelors degree student graduates with $28,000 in student debt. For professional and graduate programs, the debt load is even heavier.
Last year, we were able to provide $496,000 in student aid through the Grebel Fund and income from endowed scholarships. Since the need is growing, we hope you will help us provide even more assistance this year. Lets help this new generation of students face the future with confidence and hope.
Marcus Shantz, President
Make a credit card donation on Grebel's pledge page. Simply select the fund at Grebel you wish to support and fill in your details. Your receipt for online donations will come from the University of Waterloo. Thanks!
Make your donation
- Online donations can be designated to Grebel through the University of Waterloo (please select Conrad Grebel University College in the drop-down menu).
- E-transfers can be made at firstname.lastname@example.org Please send a separate email to Alison Enns to notify her of your gift with the date and amount.
- Donations should be made payable to:
Conrad Grebel University College, 140 Westmount Road North,
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L 3G6