St. FX $8M alumni donation targeted to special students

November 9, 2015

The largest private alumni donation ever to St. Francis Xavier University will help bring post-secondary education to more of Nova Scotia's marginalized people.

The $8-million donation has established the Jeannine Deveau Education Equity Endowment - named after the donor - which will be accessible to members of the province's First Nations and African-Canadian communities.

"It's a wonderful gift," said Kent MacDonald, president of the Antigonish, N.S., university.

"The reason Mrs. Deveau has chosen St. FX is not just because she is an alumni but it is because of our long history and tradition of social justice and equity."

"Once students from these two particular communities come onto a university campus there are challenges that they face that we need to address in terms of support service," said MacDonald. "We are working on identifying what kind of services those are."

MacDonald said the school's commitment to equality for these two marginalized communities is as old as its name.