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McMaster moved from Toronto to Hamilton in 1930. In those 85 years, we have witnessed remarkable change and, today, McMaster is now one of the highest ranked universities in the world. We have a burgeoning campus, vibrant student life, and ground-breaking research. Our place in the world today has been achieved in large part with the support of donors like you. Private support makes the difference at McMaster between 'good enough' and excellence. You, dear donors, make McMaster exceptional.

85 Years. 85 Reasons

In 2015, in honour of McMaster’s 85 years in Hamilton, we featured 85 students from across campus to celebrate how donors like you help a new generation of students find meaning and inspiration through a McMaster education. 

Meet Hiba, Uzair and Selene. They are three of 85 students we featured to represent the thousands of students whose time at McMaster is immeasurably improved by donor support.

In 2015, 8,143 donors from 25 countries supported 2,570 areas across campus.

We simply could not do it without YOU!

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McMaster Memories

Last year, we asked you to share your favourite McMaster memories with us through the #McMasterMemory site. 

You can go to to explore the hundreds of memories submitted throughout 2015. Thank you for sharing your memories and for your generosity across campus.

The Singing Professor: Memories From a Scholarship Recipient

“There was a feeling of family at Mac,” recalls Angela Bidrau Kelly ’71. “The profs were not only exceptional teachers, they were also warm people who took the time to get to know you.” A long-time supporter of bursaries at McMaster, Angela knows first-hand how important they are: as a student, she received a scholarship, flexible enough that it allowed her to travel to France for her third-year studies. She credits her McMaster professors for encouraging her to study abroad and for being flexible in setting course requirements. “I wouldn’t be who I am without them,” says Angela, who went on to pursue a successful career as a teacher and principal. Angela's favourite Mac memory? The German professor who took out his guitar and ended every Friday's class with a sing-along session of German folksongs.

A Travel Award in Action: Getting A Jump on the Competition

Here’s a memory to cherish: Spending three months in Australia working on your thesis. Thanks to a travel award – funded by gifts of all sizes – Fran Lasowski was able to do just that. A PhD student in engineering, Fran is researching new ways to treat myopia in children. She’s also a dedicated volunteer – she coordinated the McMaster branch of “Let’s Talk Science” for four years. And in 2014, Fran was named a Claudette MacKay-Lassonde Graduate Scholar, a top honour that recognizes female leaders in the field of engineering. “Support from donors helps students make those connections that can set their careers in motion,” says Fran. “These awards really cement that what you’re doing is important and that people really do care.”

A Love Story in Maroon and Grey

As students at McMaster, they met and fell in love. They also fell in love with Mac. As a kinesiology student, Sachin Patel ’01 received financial support from someone he’d never met. Fast forward more than 10 years, and that gift from someone’s heart inspired Sachin and his wife, Dipa, to make a gift from their hearts. In establishing the Living Proof Academic Grants, they support deserving Kinesiology students they’ve never met. Last year the awards were granted in memory of a young friend and Mac student who passed away in January 2015. Thank you, Sachin and Dipa, for spreading the love. 

Pursuing a Dream of a Higher Education, While Raising Six Young Children

Ann Steylen ’71 pursued her dream of a higher education, while raising six young children. “McMaster was so kind to me. I want to help other students in return.” While at Mac, she received a bursary and she makes sure to donate to McMaster every year. “If everybody gives a little bit, it adds up.” She’s 82-years-old now, and as ambitious as ever with a goal to run a marathon by age 90. 

A Legacy of a Lifetime

A Social Sciences grad, Philip Connell, BA (Hon) ’46 was an engaged member of the McMaster community as a student, alumnus, volunteer and donor. As a student, he served on the MSU Board of Publications. As an alumnus, he taught in the DeGroote School of Business, served on its Advisory Council and was a long time member of the Class of 1946 reunion committee and the Alumni Fund Committee.  Inducted in to the Alumni Gallery in 2004, he also was awarded the 25-year certificate from the President’s Club. Over his long and distinguished life, he gave over $700,000 to McMaster. His will included provisions to increase his cumulative giving to more than $1 million. His generosity will support student scholarships in the Faculty of Social Sciences.

Your gifts inspire the next generation of Mac graduates to pay it forward

Last year was a special year for the Class of 2015. This close-knit family of recent graduates left their legacy on campus by choosing to support student mental health services for Mac’s current students – the most successful graduating class gift in McMaster’s history!

Students Celebrate the Generosity of Mac Donors with #MacTagDay

The McMaster campus was a sea of maroon on National Philanthropy Day as tags were posted across campus to highlight resources and spaces that would not be possible without the generosity of donors. Students got in on the action by sharing their appreciation on social media.

Throughout 2015, we focused a lot on our McMaster Memory project. It will be really neat in the near future when Mac grads describe the memory of seeing maroon tags on so many elements of their student experience and realizing how important the support of the McMaster family is to the life of our University.

Giving To The Library Introduces Digital Humanities To Eager Learners

Thanks to donors, the Library is able to provide innovative learning opportunities like the Introduction to Digital Humanities course in collaboration with the Lewis and Ruth Sherman Centre for Digital Scholarship.

This innovative new course is helping students combine digital technology and archival materials to better understand and share the experiences of those who fought and lived through the First World War.

“Digital Humanities encourages people to think very actively about how to make research accessible in a visual sense, and make it available to a broad audience.” says Paige Morgan, a postdoctoral fellow at the Sherman Centre and one of the course instructors. Morgan says since Digital Humanities is a growing trend worldwide, it’s important to continue to find ways to expose students to this form of scholarship. “Once upon a time, no one knew what Twitter was and now it’s ubiquitous. Digital Humanities is likely to become just as commonplace – just another part of Humanities research.”


Thank you for an amazing year!

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