Tuitions On the Rise
BY DENNIS BROOKS, P.ENG., P.GEOPH.
Education Foundation Columnist
It is not always easy to find
a theme or common thread to make my article coherent and
interesting, but often a newspaper
article rescues me. One that caught my eye about a month
ago was in the Edmonton Journal, and it’s about a subject
very important to the foundation.
Under the headline Alberta’s Tuition Fees Going up:
Others Stay Put, it says that in Alberta, students faced an
average increase of 6.5 per cent this fall, one of the highest
in the country. There is a political element to this about
how universities manage under government funding constraints;
I’ll dodge that bullet and just highlight the message
that it continues to be increasingly difficult for our students
to finance their education.
The situation underlines that the work to date of your APEGGA
Education Foundation makes a difference — and that there
is a lot more we can do.
So, what exactly are we currently doing?
A letter seeking contributions from “grandfathered”
life members (ones not required to pay annual fees) went out
in September. This was delayed a bit from the date given in
my prior article so that it would appear more timely to those
members. The last time this was done, about two years ago,
we had a very generous response, and we hope life members
do the same, this time.
Millennium Scholarships Awarded
The APEGGA Education Foundation Board met on Sept. 28. One
important action was to award three Millennium Scholarships
— in addition to the two awards listed in the terms
of reference. The board was exercising its prerogative to
award up to four additional ones when candidates chosen are
Names of scholarship winners will appear in the January
edition of The PEGG.
The board continues to work on the terms of reference for
the new Centennial Scholarships and to consider the merits
of a credit card affinity program.
The board approved a $500 donation in support of APEGGA’s
Outreach Program for printing costs. One of that program’s
activities is the annual Excellence in Education celebration
evenings in both Calgary and Edmonton. These evenings are
open to award recipients and their families and friends, and
will have taken place by the time you get this issue.
The board is also looking at ways to gain greater visibility
in order to promote our aims to members.
From the donation data in the table in this column, you
can see that your continuing support should give us another
good year. Thanks for that.
Date Voluntary Donations Summit Awards Revenue
||Summit Awards Revenue
|Sept. 30, 2004
|June 30, 2004
|Sept. 30, 2003
*A special donation of $5,000 is not included here.
Also, Summit Awards revenues continue to trickle in,
explaining the change from June to September 2004.