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Santa J. Ono Bursary

Students are at the heart of what we do—and your gift will help promising students access a life-changing education.

Join us in honouring the work of UBC’s 15th President and Vice-Chancellor Santa J. Ono and his dedication to the students of UBC.

During his six years as UBC president, Santa J. Ono’s top priority has been to enhance the student experience, with initiatives supporting students’ overall health and wellbeing, and ensuring talented students from diverse backgrounds would have financial help to pursue their studies and achieve their goals.

His vision led to the Blue & Gold Campaign for Students, the largest fundraising campaign for students in UBC’s history, raising over $211 million and demonstrating the incredible impact donors can have in our community.

Santa is always interested in talking with students, to hear about their experiences, and learn what will help them reach their full potential. His enthusiasm extended to cheering on our student athletes at games, taking selfies with students while walking around campus and boosting spirits by playing the cello. He will certainly be missed on campus.

Like Santa, UBC will always put students first, and generous donors like you are the reason why our efforts to support students can continue. Gifts to the Santa J. Ono Bursary will both acknowledge Santa’s legacy and help students with immediate financial need, offering encouragement to further explore their passions and find innovative new ways to contribute to the world.

Please join us in thanking Santa for his incredible leadership and contributions to UBC by making a gift in his honour.

“By supporting today’s students, we help to lay the foundation for tomorrow’s leaders to shape a better world.”
– Santa J. Ono, UBC’s 15th President and Vice-Chancellor


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