Kwantlen receives $2.5-million donation

April 26, 2010

BC philanthropist Irving Barber announced yesterday a $2.5-million gift to Kwantlen Polytechnic University -- the largest donation in the school's history -- to help students overcome obstacles and complete their post-secondary education. Barber, who dropped out of school in Grade 11 and was later offered the opportunity to attend university after World War II, was inspired to make the donation after a Kwantlen student told him the institution's approach to education helped build confidence in herself. The money, to be granted over a 5-year period, will enable Kwantlen to help its existing students reach graduation, says the school's president. Vancouver Sun | Canadian Press