Financial Aid Relief Fund

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Who they learn alongside matters, and we need your help.

Our SMUS community is not immune to the challenges so many are facing during these extraordinary times. Our Board of Governors and school leadership are committed to serving our students, families and staff as we all navigate daily and weekly changes. Now more than ever we believe we must unite in supporting our students and each other.

We are asking for your help today so that no student will be prevented from returning to SMUS for the 2020-21 school year. This appeal is going out to all members of our SMUS community around the globe: current parents and guardians, alumni, grandparents, staff and faculty, as well as our past parents, staff and faculty.

Please consider donating to our Financial Aid Relief Fund so that those families negatively impacted by COVID-19 will have some peace of mind, provided in part by our shared community. Thanks to a matching gift from our Parents' Auxiliary, your gifts in May raised $200,000. Inspired by your generosity, the PA has offered an additional $50,000 in matching for all gifts made in June. 

The Financial Aid Relief Fund will provide short-term, partial tuition assistance to SMUS students whose families are critically affected by the economic climate related to COVID-19.

For more information about financial aid and the Financial Aid Relief Fund, please see our Frequently Asked Questions document below or contact the Advancement team at 250-370-6197 or [email protected].

On behalf of our students, staff and faculty, thank you!

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Mark Turner, Head of SchoolThere is no doubt that education has the power to transform lives. Since my arrival at SMUS in 2018, I have been powerfully persuaded by the generosity of some of our donors to invest in cultivating the leaders of the future. Countless SMUS students who have benefitted from financial aid are now leaders within their communities and professions – transforming them with courage and conviction, the legacy of their time as students at SMUS. In this time of rapid change and massive challenge, I would urge anyone with the capability to give, to reach out to our Advancement team to invest in hope, potential and aspiration for the future. As it says in the Book of Proverbs, education and wisdom are more precious than gold. An education is a gift that goes on giving for a lifetime and beyond.
Mark Turner
Head of School
Tim McGee, Board ChairThe school's financial aid program is about bringing people together. This has been critically important to the success of our school for many years. Why is that? Because we know that students who are able to learn from each other, care for each other and support each other as part of a vibrant and diverse student community will learn to appreciate the importance of the school's values of respect, courage, honesty and service and harness those to meet the challenges and to seize the opportunities of life after SMUS. On behalf of the Board of Governors, I encourage you to please consider a gift to support financial aid. The reason is simple. Building thriving SMUS student communities, in all the ways available to us, is now more important than ever. Your contribution will do just that.
Tim McGee, QC
Chair, Board of Governors
#Receiving financial aid has opened many doors in my life that may not have been possible otherwise. Looking back at my two years so far at SMUS, I think about how grateful I am to have been granted these opportunities that have changed me, allowed me to grow, and to continue to reach new goals. Being awarded financial aid has been a blessing on my family and me, and it pushes me every day knowing that I was given something special!
Grade 11 student 


Financial Aid and Financial Aid Relief Fund FAQ

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Financial Aid and Financial Aid Relief Fund FAQ

Published: April, 2020

An FAQ that answers some common questions about our Financial Aid program and the Financial Aid Relief Fund.

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