Lakehead University Student Union announced a major gift to Lakehead University


LUSU President Lahama Naeem, right, presented Dr. Moira McPherson, Lakehead's President and
Vice-Chancellor, with a cheque for $300,000 to create 15 new bursaries and assist the University in its
greatest area of need.

January 19, 2023 – Thunder Bay and Orillia, Ont.

Today the Lakehead University Student Union announced a gift of $300,000 to Lakehead that will create 15 new bursaries and assist the University in its greatest area of need.

Out of the $300,000, $150,000 will be used to create 10 student bursaries at Lakehead Thunder Bay and five at Lakehead Orillia. Lakehead will designate the other $150,000 to student experience priorities, which will include library spaces and student awards.

“The Lakehead University Student Union is very excited to present this major gift to Lakehead students. We believe that all students should have barrier-free access to education and are proud to use this gift as a step towards this goal,” said Lahama Naeem, LUSU President.

“The Lakehead University family prides itself on making learning accessible and ensuring students succeed regardless of background or life experience,” said Michael den Haan, Lakehead University’s Vice-President, External Relations.

“The Lakehead University Student Union has been an active partner in this idea since the Union formed over 40 years ago, and I am both thrilled and inspired that Lakehead students believe so strongly in this mission that they are supporting it financially with this significant gift,” den Haan added.

Lakehead University President and Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Moira McPherson, explained how LUSU continues to be a key contributor to the expansion of student resources on both campuses, adding that, “This gift exemplifies LUSU’s strong tradition of supporting our students and its commitment to their success.”



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Lakehead University is a fully comprehensive university with approximately 9,700 full-time equivalent students and over 2,000 faculty and staff at two campuses in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Lakehead has nine faculties, including Business Administration, Education, Engineering, Graduate Studies, Health & Behavioural Sciences, Law, Natural Resources Management, Science & Environmental Studies, and Social Sciences & Humanities. Lakehead University’s achievements have been recognized nationally and internationally, including being ranked in the top half of Times Higher Education's 2023 World Universities Rankings for the fourth consecutive year, and the number one university in the world with fewer than 10,000 students in THE’s 2022 Impact Rankings (which assesses institutions against the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals). Visit