Red Deer College has received a $250,000 endowment from Bruce Snider, a late community resident.
The endowment is for Aboriginal students attending RDC.
“Committing to a legacy investment from one’s own estate is the ultimate gift and speaks to a truly generous spirit,” said Michael Donlevy, vice president, RDC Community Relations.
“When Mr. Snider first approached us to establish this planned gift, he clearly conveyed that he valued education and was committed to student success, particularly Aboriginal students. We are very grateful for his incredible gift to RDC that will carry on a legacy for many years to come.”
Snider of Red Deer passed away in September of 2011 at the age of 94. He was born in Calgary and as a young man served in the Canadian Armed Forces. He met the love of his life, Juanita, and they married in 1947.
Together they owned and operated dog grooming/kennel businesses in Calgary and B.C.
Bruce not only received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Calgary, but went on to earn a Master of Arts at the age of 50.
A favourite past time of Bruce’s was to hike with his son Kurt up the west coast and up to the Yukon. Bruce had a great love and respect for Aboriginal people, and also enjoyed sports, especially a game of golf with friends, or billiards at the Corner Pocket.
The Bruce Snider Scholarship for Aboriginal Students awards up to $2,500 to two students entering their first year, in any program. To be eligible, the students must show leadership in advancing the culture of the Aboriginal Community. This scholarship is currently available for application.
“His thesis on Aboriginal people showed his love and devotion to Canada and its native people. He was an incredible, man much loved by his family who remember him well and miss him greatly,” said Bruce’s niece, Christine Hyde.