Alma College Scholarship Fund

Alma College Scholarship Fund

by Donna Robertson, Alma College International Alumnae Association

Alma College (Elgin County Archives photo)

It may be 30 years since Alma College closed its doors, and a decade since its historical home was destroyed by fire, but the school’s active and caring International Alumnae Association is staying connected to its St. Thomas roots. In 2018, our group established the Alma College Scholarship Fund at London Community Foundation, granting a scholarship of $500 to a graduating St. Thomas high school student each year.

Alma College was a girls’ private school for a century, starting in 1881, and its loyal alumnae are situated around the world. We meet once a year and have done so since the Alumnae Association was established in the early 1900s. Alumnae have informally contributed to an annual scholarship for years, supporting a female student from a St. Thomas high school (Arthur Voaden, Central Elgin, Parkside or St. Joseph's) in her pursuit of post-secondary studies.

Now, the Alma College alumnae have joined forces with the Foundation to ensure our legacy lives on forever. The continued support of our wonderful alumnae is critical to the growth of the Alma College Scholarship Fund and its lasting impact on St. Thomas students.

I’m grateful to my fellow alumnae for your generous donations – but our fundraising efforts don’t stop here! We’ve bumped our fundraising goal up to $35,000, which will allow us to grant $1,000 per year and also to have a cushion, just in case there’s an economic downturn that affects our investment income.

Please join us in honouring Alma College and helping future generations in their pursuit of education. There are many different ways to give, from donating online using the form you see at right, to donating securities, to making a gift in your will. A charitable tax receipt will be provided for any donation of $20 or more, and all donors will be recognized in the Alumnae Association newsletter.

Please contact Diane Silva at the Foundation if you’d like to learn more!