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Fanshawe receives $1 million donation

Ivana Pelisek | Interrobang | News | November 10th, 2008

Fanshawe College received a seven-figure donation last week during the Business and Information Technology Awards ceremony.

Families, students and faculty gathered in the James A. Colvin Atrium in B Building on October 29 to celebrate the donation and to congratulate outstanding students who are making a difference both at the college and the community.

“I'm ecstatic!” said Lawrence “Larry” Kinlin, who donated about $1 million in support of the Business and Management departments at Fanshawe College.

The donation will help student success and allow for future opportunities going forward.

Kinlin has been an avid member of the Fanshawe community for a number of years and could not be more delighted about his choice to give back to both the students and the surrounding residents of London, Ontario.

“I feel very good about the contribution. It has brought forth a new awareness and I feel like I am giving back to the community,” admitted Kinlin.

The significance of a donation of this amount will not only support the Business and Management departments at the college, but will be readily available when needs arise.

“The money donated to the college by Kinlin, will be available when there is a need for it. It will be used in the Business area of study for students,” said Bob Siskand, Chair of Fanshawe College.

The ceremony was special for Business and Information Technology students who were granted special awards due to their incredible achievements while attending Fanshawe. Faculty members of the college delivered the grants with pride to students who have maintained perfect GPA's in their chosen area of study.

“Awards are made possible by donors, sponsors and individuals who congratulate students with their success,” said Siskand.

Student success is a top priority for Fanshawe.

“We are increasing student success with tangible real money, and we thank sponsors who do that,” said Howard Rundle, President of Fanshawe College.

“Words cannot express how thankful we are and recognizing the importance of the donations.”

The night was a success as extraordinary students were recognized for their achievements in the college and in their communities.

The donation will serve students and shows just how important an education is for your future.

“I feel very good about the contribution and the need to give back to the community,” said Kinlin. “I cannot explain the importance of education. This day and age it is getting harder for students to get jobs, yet alone an education. This donation will enable students to look for new opportunities and to never be afraid to step outside the box.”
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