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Give to the David Johnston Financial Aid Fund for Harvard Students from Canada

 

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The Harvard Club of Ottawa is honoured to join with other Harvard Clubs in Canada to share an important initiative that honours the former Governor General of Canada: the David Johnston Financial Aid Fund for Harvard Students from Canada.

The fund provides financial assistance to deserving men and women from Canada who are attending Harvard College. The Governor General is aware of this initiative and is “overwhelmed, humbled, and… honoured. I am so delighted with this initiative because it will mean future generations will have the Harvard experience which was so transforming in my own life.”

As a student, David Johnston was an outstanding scholar and athlete, and as a university president he had the singular distinction of being the only foreigner ever to have served as President of Harvard’s Board of Overseers. His commitment to excellence in education is well known, as is his commitment to assisting others to have the same opportunities as he had.

The current goal is $375,000, which will enable it to become a full scholarship fund since it then will receive the required additional $125,000 from the Ken Griffin Leadership Challenge which has set aside $75 million to establish new scholarships at Harvard. The goal is attainable.  Our fund is already over $200,000 and additional donations can be made as 5 year pledges so long as they are made by June of 2018.  So if someone is already donating $1500 annually to the Harvard College Fund, this can become a $7500 pledge to this scholarship fund, $200 can be made into a $1000 pledge, $5000 becomes $25000.     

To make such a pledge, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at the Harvard College Fund and indicate the amount of your pledge to the David Johnston Financial Aid Fund for Harvard Students from Canada.

To ​then make a donation directly, please either mail a cheque to:

Recording Secretary's Office 
Harvard University 
124 Mt. Auburn Street 
Cambridge, MA 02138
1-800-veritas

Or to make a gift online please visit: 
https://community.alumni.harvard.edu/give/14500426

Important: Please also make sure to state, both on your check and online, that the donation is for the David Johnston Financial Aid Fund for Harvard Students from Canada.

Launching this fund is also an opportunity to underscore Harvard’s admirable need blind admissions policies, and its commitment to scholarship based aid which eliminates the need for students to take out loans. This is a story that is worth telling!