From left to right: Hanna Alper, Free the Children Ambassador; Cindy Gouveia, President, George Brown College Foundation; Anne Sado, President, George Brown College; Michael “Pinball” Clemons, Co-founder, Pinball Clemons Foundation.
A generous $100,000 gift from the Pinball Clemons Foundation will fund 33 new scholarships for George Brown College students.
The Pinball Clemons Foundation, a longtime supporter of George Brown, officially announced the donation at its ninth annual Imagine Gala on Oct. 19, 2016. George Brown President Anne Sado and George Brown College Foundation President Cindy Gouveia accepted the cheque, which marked the Pinball Clemons Foundation’s largest ever gift to George Brown.
“We are very pleased to present this $100,000 cheque to George Brown College to continue the great work it does to give students the valuable post-secondary education they deserve,” says Michael ‘Pinball’ Clemons, Co-founder of the Pinball Clemons Foundation. “This gift will help provide the financial support that they need to move forward with their academic journey.”
The Pinball Clemons Foundation empowers youth through education. Every year, the funds raised through the Imagine Gala benefit under-resourced youth locally and around the world, including students at George Brown. Since 2009, it has pledged more than $62,000 toward student success at George Brown and provided 60 scholarships to help break down barriers to education.
“We continue to be so thankful for the amount of ongoing support we receive from the Pinball Clemons Foundation,” says Gouveia. “Michael and his wife Diane believe wholeheartedly in the importance of providing students with the financial resources they need to reach their full potential and we are so honoured to be a part of this incredible partnership.”
New George Brown scholarships
The $100,000 gift will be directed toward the establishment of scholarships through the Michael ‘Pinball’ Clemons Foundation award.
The bulk of the funds will support 31 scholarships for full-time students enrolled in their second semester or more, who achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater and who have overcome obstacles to undertake their studies.
The remaining portion of the gift will fund two awards for full-time student athletes (one male and one female) who achieve a GPA of 3.0 or greater and who demonstrate good sportsmanship.
“Because of supportive partners like the Pinball Clemons Foundation, George Brown College can continue to transform the lives of our students through education,” says Sado. “We offer our sincere thanks to the foundation for helping us fulfill our mission.”
How to apply
Students wishing to apply for the Michael ‘Pinball’ Clemons Foundation Award must complete an application on STU-VIEW. More information, including deadlines, is available on the Awards and Scholarships page.
For more information about this gift, please contact Alexis Goncalves, Development Coordinator of Donor Relations, at (416) 415-5000 ext. 6976 or firstname.lastname@example.org.