Calgary-based Friends of UPEI raise over $1 M

April 26, 2016

A group of Calgary-based alumni and supporters of the University of Prince Edward Island have raised over $1 M for the school, reports the Charlottetown-based Guardian. The group’s history dates back to 1997, when it was asked to host a modest fundraising dinner for the university. Since then, the group has raised $1 M, of which $427 K has been distributed in scholarships to 228 students from Alberta attending UPEI. Current UPEI nursing student and scholarship recipient Jenn Whittingham said of the funding, “It has given me a different perspective and allowed me to understand that every dollar we receive is a dollar that someone has graciously fundraised for or donated, private citizens who have a connection to UPEI and want to give back.” The Guardian Charlottetown