McMaster University

McMaster University

Faculty of
Health Sciences

Penny wars boosts health sciences scholarship

Published: April 7, 2011

The Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHSc) Student Scholarship got a boost recently — thanks to an incredibly successful competition between faculty, students and staff.

Initiated by third-year student Chang Lu and organized by the scholarship's committee, the Faculty's Penny Wars program placed BHSc students, faculty and staff in competition to collect pennies for their cause.

The office staff and students, divided up by year, had glass jars to collect the coppers. For each penny, they got a point. For all other currency, points were deducted from the total. In the spirit of competition, the participants sought to place pennies in their own jars, while donating toonies, loonies and other currency to their competitors.

In the end, the BHSc program more than tripled its goal of raising $500 for the student award and collected $1,571.29, with faculty and staff coming out on top.

"The Penny Wars provided us with a unique opportunity to network and cultivate relationships with students, faculty and staff," said Teresa Basilio, program manager. "And most importantly, it increased student awareness about the scholarship."

The competition's success means that, after a number of years of fundraising, the Bachelor of Health Sciences Student Scholarship can now be awarded. The first recipient will be named in the fall.

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