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UPEI receives $1 million estate gift

Ken Clark, centre, presents a $1 million gift on behalf of the estate of his aunt, Ruth MacDonald, to UPEI president Alaa Abd-El-Aziz and executive director of development and alumni engagement Myrtle Jenkins-Smith.
Ken Clark, centre, presents a $1 million gift on behalf of the estate of his aunt, Ruth MacDonald, to UPEI president Alaa Abd-El-Aziz and executive director of development and alumni engagement Myrtle Jenkins-Smith. - Submitted

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. – The University of Prince Edward Island has received a $1 million gift from the estate of Ruth MacDonald to establish the Roderick Stirling MacDonald Scholarship Fund.

“I am grateful to be able to represent our family today in the awarding of this gift,” said Ken Clark, who is Roderick and Ruth’s nephew.

“Education was very important to my aunt and uncle and knowing this will support future students in this way is a great way to honour their legacy.”

UPEI president and vice-chancellor Alaa Abd-El-Aziz says the university is extremely grateful for the gift.

“This scholarship fund will support UPEI students in attaining a quality post-secondary education,’’ he says.

“Mrs. MacDonald’s considerate act of naming UPEI as a beneficiary of her estate will have a tremendous impact on our students for years to come.”

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