A generous $ 1 million estate gift from philanthropist Bill Reid will provide scholarship opportunities for Indigenous graduate students at Trent University.

Photo courtesy of Trent University.

This is the largest donation of its kind in the history of the University.

The donation will help endow the William B. Reid Scholarship, first established at Trent in 2016, providing more than $ 30,000 in annual funding to support Indigenous graduate students at Trent.

The scholarship will fund the research expenses of Trent graduate students in Canada or abroad, practical training opportunities related to the thesis or major research project, and opportunities to engage with specialists in the field, in attending international conferences

“After the recent inaugural Truth and Reconciliation Day, more and more Canadians are asking how they can best support Indigenous peoples,” said Sherry Booth, Associate Vice President of Philanthropy and Engagement alumni at Trent. “Bill was a passionate person who listened to the stories of Indigenous peoples, wanted to make a difference and created a fund that encourages many young Indigenous students to pursue higher education so that they, in turn, can better support their communities. “

Trent’s Doctor of Indigenous Studies program is the first of its kind in Canada and provides students with the opportunity to engage in advanced learning experiences rooted in Indigenous cultures and reflect on the interplay between traditional Indigenous knowledge. and contemporary. The University’s deep roots in reconciliation stretch back over 50 years.

Reid became involved in Indigenous issues through reading, personal friendships with Indigenous people, and a hobby of collecting and restoring Indigenous beadwork, says his longtime partner Bob Seabourn. Prior to his death in 2019, he donated nearly 400 pieces of beadwork to the Art Gallery of Guelph.

Reid was a longtime Trent supporter with a legacy of over 20 years.

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