“I would like to say a huge thank you to the Mandl family for their generosity,” Chan says. “I cannot overstate how encouraged I am by receiving this scholarship, and I am sure it will make a huge impact on my path to becoming a mathematician.”
Legacy giving plays a vital role at Arts & Science. Over the past five years, realized estate gifts have provided vital student support, creating or enhancing 48 distinct student awards, fellowships, and bursaries.
There are many reasons donors include U of T in their estate planning. Some wish to pay it forward in thanks for support they received, while others hope to help continue research and learning in a certain field of study. Paul and Elsje Mandl simply wanted to say thanks to U of T. But while a donor’s motivation isn’t always clear — Arts & Science sometimes isn’t aware of planned gifts until after the donor has passed away — the impact is always appreciated.
“These legacy gifts have a tremendous impact on our departments and students, and yet they often come as a complete surprise to us,” says Kim Hunt-Rao, executive director, advancement, with the Faculty of Arts & Science. “We hope to meet our legacy donors as they consider their gift in order to thank them for their remarkable support and for including Arts & Science in their estate planning. They truly inspire us, and we would love to learn more about why they chose to create this wonderful legacy at Arts & Science. We’re humbled by their generosity.”