From the Director

A photo of the director, J. McClearyLearning should never be limited to the classroom. In fact, it shouldn’t be limited by any walls, borders, or boundaries. At the DeGroote School of Business, we strongly believe in the power of experiential education to change students’ lives. Whether this involves coordinating an on-campus event, traveling to a case competition on the other side of the country or trekking through the Amazon Rainforest on a service-learning mission, we know our students are eager to put their knowledge to the test in a variety of settings.

In 2013, the DeGroote Experience Fund was established to help make these dreams a reality. Each year, the Fund supports dozens of undergraduate, MBA and other specialized Master’s students so they can take full advantage of these diverse skill-building educational opportunities.

Every year we publish a DeGroote Experience Fund report. It’s purpose is to engage our stakeholders and highlight all of the great experiences DeGroote students have benefited from because of the Fund. Last year, we distributed nearly $100,000 to student applicants. With your support, our goal is to increase the Fund’s capacity to $200,000 over the next year. We want to continue to ease the financial burden for our students, so they can focus on what really matters – getting the most out of each and every educational experience.

I encourage you to read this report where you will learn more about the organizational structure of the Fund, the students who benefit from it, as well as the donors who generously support it. Many of these donors are DeGroote alumni. All of them want to ensure the next generation of students can have the most rewarding educational experiences possible. Our mission is to make that happen, whenever and wherever possible.

I’m proud to be the administrator of The DeGroote Experience Fund, supporting our students in developing their “leader within.” Help us create exceptional leaders.


Jennifer McCleary
Director, Student Experience

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