On Friday, November 25th, Niagara College held a press conference to witness Grapes for Humanity Canada’s donation of $26,500 to create a scholarship in perpetuity in the name of Geddy Lee. GFH’s directors wished to honour Geddy Lee for his on-going contributions to the foundation and its projects. (left) Steve Hudson, Acting President, Niagara College, and Jon Ogryzlo, Dean, Canadian Food & Wine Institute. Geddy could not be there for the presentation but Tony Aspler read the following message from him.
‘I’d like to thank my fellow directors of Grapes for Humanity Canada for this generous gesture in creating and supporting this valuable scholarship program for the students of Niagara College. I feel deeply honored and I am extremely proud to be associated with such good and generous people. GFH Canada is a unique organization of wine lovers such as myself, who have found a way to help people around the globe through their passion, and as such it seems appropriate that we now help to provide some support for our own blossoming wine industry here at home.’
Donation Establishes Geddy Lee Scholarship
Grapes for Humanity Canada has committed $26,500 to establish the Geddy Lee endowed scholarship, which will be matched by the provincial government’s Ontario Trust for Student Support program.
The income will be used to provide an annual scholarship for a student in the second year of Niagara College’s Wine and Viticulture Technician program who intends to pursue a career path in winemaking after graduation.
“Niagara College is thrilled that Grapes for Humanity Canada is making this significant investment to support student learning and success, and the wine industry,” said Sean Kennedy, CEO of the Niagara College Foundation and acting vice-president, Academic.
“We are very pleased to support students in winemaking in recognition of this Canadian icon’s magnificent contribution as a director of our charitable foundation,” said Tony Aspler, President & CEO of Grapes for Humanity Canada. “We hope that the annual recipient of this scholarship will bring to his or her calling the same dedication to quality and to public spiritedness as Geddy Lee has brought to Canada’s musical legacy.”
The Grapes for Humanity gift is part of the Building Futures Campaign, which supports student learning and success through new facilities, equipment and learning resources, applied research, and scholarships and bursaries.
Niagara College offers more than 100 diploma, bachelor degree and advanced level programs at campuses in Welland, Niagara-on-the-Lake and Niagara Falls. Areas of specialization include food and wine sciences, advanced technology, applied health and community safety, supported by unique learning enterprises in food, wine, beer, horticulture and aesthetics. For more information, visit www.NiagaraCollege.ca.