Make a Difference

Through Western's ambitious fundraising campaign, Be Extraordinary, we are raising the bar to enrich The Western Experience.

Your support translates into inspiring, high-impact learning for our students so they are empowered to become the next generation of global leaders. It ignites world-class discovery and innovation, allowing our scholars to address some of the world's greatest challenges.

We invite alumni and friends to participate in our campaign and support Western Science. Be part of something that's already a part of you.

How can you help?

Fund a scholarship, an award or a bursary

Creating named student scholarships, awards, or bursaries is a wonderful way to create a lasting legacy or corporate recognition while attracting, recognizing, and helping bright and hardworking students achieve success in their pursuit of post-secondary education

  • A student award can be tailored to meet your personal or corporate goals, such as specifying a faculty or department that holds a special meaning for you, a loved one or your company, in support of either undergraduate or graduate students.
  • Scholarships, awards, and bursaries carry the name of the donor's choice, can either be endowed in perpetuity or term-funded for a minimum period of five years, and generally range from $1,500 and up so as to provide students with meaningful assistance.
  • Scholarships are based on academic achievement of 80% averages or higher.
  • Awards can be based on a combination of academic achievement of 70% or higher, financial need and other factors such as involvement in extracurricular activities; bursaries are based solely on a student's financial need.

Fund a faculty position of research leadership

Robert Hodder Chair in Economic Geology $3 Million

This leadership position was designed to attract an educator and researcher with an established record in ore deposit and a history of interaction between the mineral exploration industry and Western.

Chair holders in this discipline are expected to:

  • Establish and maintain a vigorous, independently funded research program in Economic Geology.
  • Collaborate with other faculty members in one or more of our broad research themes: Earth and Planetary Systems; Resource Geoscience; Tectonic Processes and Natural Hazards; and Earth and Climate Evolution.
  • Supervise graduate students at the MSc and PhD level
  • Teach broadly-based as well as specialized courses in Economic Geology and related fields

Fund a high-impact learning experience

Resource Geoscience field Schools $750,000

Field schools are limited-term credit programs in which students receive intensive practical training outside the classroom or laboratory. The field school experience enables students to apply theoretical knowledge to practical situations; gives them an opportunity to conduct hands-on research; and encourages them to work effectively and develop their leadership skills. In fact, many students have remarked that these courses serve as the highlight of their education at Western and because of this enhanced training experience, our students stand out from graduates of many other programs across North America.