Memorial University of Newfoundland is undertaking a $50 million private sector fundraising campaign, as part of an overall redevelopment initiative totaling over $250 million. Dare To: The Campaign for Memorial University marks an exciting new phase in Memorial’s history.
Dare To focuses on student financial support, academic excellence, and physical infrastructure, that will enable the university to continue to build a first-rate, world-class learning and research environment. Major investment in scholarship and bursary funding, research chairs, professorships and fellowships, and improvements to the quality of facilities will position Memorial as a destination of choice for academics, students, and staff from around the world.
Following several years of planning, the campaign launched on November 1, 2011, with $36.5 million having already been raised, representing 73 per cent of the $50 million goal.
As we have grown, the demands upon us have increased. Memorial’s classrooms, studios, laboratories, and student gathering spaces have become overcrowded. The physical infrastructure is aging, and requires renovation or replacement to keep apace with developments in academic design.
As Memorial continues to face steep competition from institutions across Canada and abroad in attracting and retaining the brightest minds, we must enhance scholarship funding, invest in research chairs and fellowships, and improve the quality of our facilities in order to engage today’s experts and tomorrow’s leaders.