Tuesday’s Open House was the back drop for a big announcement regarding the College’s new D. Bruce Macdonald Scholarship.
There were nodding heads of approval in Towers Library as Michael Roy, Director of Admission, Marketing & Business Development told prospective day families about a generous opportunity to earn a career-long SAC scholarship.
“Over the past 15 years, SAC has invested over $65M in facilities and programs,” Mr. Roy told the audience in the packed library. “The School has a phenomenal 110-acre campus to help deliver one of the top academic experiences in North American independent school education.”
D. Bruce Macdonald is St. Andrew’s College’s longest-serving Headmaster (1900 to 1935) having assumed the mantle just one year after the School was established in the Chestnut Park area of Toronto. It was Headmaster Macdonald’s vision to develop men of strong and well-rounded character, and to this day the College continues to follow his mission. He was also the visionary who led the College to the Town of Aurora in 1926.
“As we celebrate our 90th year in this wonderful community, St. Andrew’s is investing heavily in the education of local students through a substantial scholarship program,” explained Mr. Roy.
The D. Bruce Macdonald Scholarship is open to new incoming day students in York Region in grades 5 through 9 with one merit-based scholarship available per grade. Awards are set at $15,000 for grades 5 and 6 (increase to $20,000 for grades 7-12) and $20,000 for grades 7, 8, and 9 and renewable through graduation provided the student excels in all facets of the School’s mission.
“This scholarship is important to St. Andrew’s as it demonstrates our commitment in providing young men within our community the opportunity to experience SAC,” said Mr. Roy.
In a few years, when successive recipients are in place, the College will be investing over half-a-million annually to fund the education of local day students.
This Scholarship will be awarded to boys demonstrating excellence in academics, character, leadership, co-curriculars (athletics and/or arts), and community service. Interested students must submit a written essay on why they believe they should win the D. Bruce Macdonald Scholarship.
Completed applications must be submitted online and award recipients will be notified no later than April 1, 2016. Unsuccessful applications, who the Admission Department deems mission appropriate, will still be offered a place at the School and those who require financial assistance will be eligible to apply through the College’s $2.4 million Financial Aid program.
To learn more or apply online, visit www.sac.on.ca/macdonald-scholarship.
Story by Nicolette Fleming