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The Western Fund recognizes student achievement

October 22, 2008

The Western Fund recognizes student achievement
Lindsey Bannister is grateful that others appreciate her research and academic work.

As a recipient of an Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS), Lindsey Bannister has been able to focus on completing her Masters in English. Her research looks at strategies of expression employed by female subjects suffering from depression. Specifically, Lindsey is analyzing Lucy Maud Montgomery’s depressive confessions and their impact upon her life writings and novels.

“Being a graduate student is a full-time job,” says Lindsey. “Without the scholarship, my Western experience would have been far more difficult, since, on top of academic duties, I would have had additional worries regarding my financial situation. Instead, I was able to focus on my studies with the added confidence that my academic work is in fact worthy of financial reward.”

OGS awards are funded by generous donors to Western, many of whom contributed to The Western Fund this past year. More than $352,000 from The Western Fund was allocated to University priorities in 2007-08, providing Western with resources to seize emerging opportunities like the OGS government matching fund.

“By supporting The Western Fund, donors work as a community to endorse the cultural importance of academic work,” notes Lindsey. “In doing so, donors help promote a support system that allows students to immerse themselves in research with the knowledge that their work is appreciated.”

When she finishes her Masters in English this year, Lindsey plans to work on a Masters in Library Sciences with the hopes of becoming an archivist and helping to develop and expand collections of female letters, journals, and other life writings. Without her OGS award, Lindsey adds that she may never have realized her interest in this area.

“I am thankful for these conscientious donors. Their efforts contribute greatly towards academic life at Western, and will ultimately make a difference in the greater community.”

Other allocations for The Western Fund for 2007-08:

  • $15,000 to Scholars Elective Programs 
  • $7,460 to general Scholarships/Awards
  • $100,000 to Mustang Athletics for student awards
  • $20,000 to Engineering for the Lassonde Student Awards

This article appeared in the 2008 edition of Annual Impact
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