UPEI receives $1 million estate gift

The Roderick Stirling MacDonald Scholarship Fund will be created in memory of Ruth MacDonald's late husband
Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Ken Clark (centre) presented a $1 million gift on behalf of the estate of his aunt Ruth MacDonald to UPEI President Alaa Abd-El-Aziz and Executive Director of Development and Alumni Engagement Myrtle Jenkins-Smith

The University of Prince Edward Island has received a $1 million gift from the estate of Ruth MacDonald to establish the Roderick Stirling MacDonald Scholarship Fund.

“I am grateful to be able to represent our family today in the awarding of this gift,” said Ken Clark, who is Roderick and Ruth’s nephew. “Education was very important to my aunt and uncle and knowing this will support future students in this way is a great way to honour their legacy.”

“The University is extremely grateful for this generous gift from the estate of Mrs. Ruth MacDonald to honour her late husband,” said UPEI President and Vice-Chancellor Alaa Abd-El-Aziz. “This scholarship fund will support UPEI students in attaining a quality post-secondary education. Mrs. MacDonald’s considerate act of naming UPEI as a beneficiary of her estate will have a tremendous impact on our students for years to come.”

The University of Prince Edward Island prides itself on people, excellence, and impact and is committed to assisting students reach their full potential in both the classroom and community. With roots stemming from two founding institutions—Prince of Wales College and Saint Dunstan’s University—UPEI has a reputation for academic excellence, research innovation, and creating positive impacts locally, nationally, and internationally. UPEI is the only degree granting institution in the province and is proud to be a key contributor to the growth and prosperity of Prince Edward Island.

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