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Eresman donations top $1 million

September 7, 2012

MHC students receive bursaries thanks to Eresman Family Foundation;
college theatre renamed

The Eresman Family Foundation has once again helped make MHC students’ dreams come true, passing out $80,000 in bursaries on Friday afternoon.

Four MHC students received $20,000 each, amounting to $5,000 for each year of study. Each student must begin studies at MHC but the bursary will follow them to the university of their choice, where they will transfer to complete a degree.

Friday’s recipients were the 25th – 28th students to receive the bursary, which was awarded for the first time in 2006. The criteria for the award include acceptance in the University Transfer Engineering or Commerce/Management program at MHC and financial need. Additionally, the student must be from the Medicine Hat area (Medicine Hat, Bow Island, Oyen, and Southwestern Saskatchewan). These bursaries were pledged from an initial $720,000 commitment from the Eresman Family Foundation.

The Eresman Family Foundation Bursary is funded by Randy and Shelly Eresman, who both began their studies at Medicine Hat College.  The philanthropists started the bursary to allow as many local young people as possible the opportunity to pursue a post-secondary education.  

“When Randy and I first decided to give, we knew it would be to education,” Shelly Eresman said at the event. “It has been so important for us moving forward. We wanted the young people of Medicine Hat to have the same opportunity that we had, and we know they can do it.”

The college also announced on Friday an additional donation from the Eresmans of $510,775. These funds will further support student endowments.

Since 2006, the Eresmans have donated $1,002,775 to MHC. Because of this level of generosity, MHC has renamed the college theatre the “Eresman Theatre.”

“A great deal more students will reap the benefits of an education because of the generosity of the Eresmans,” said Deanna Haysom, development officer. “We’ll now think of their kindness every time we walk in the theatre.”  

Randy noted his affection for MHC during the theatre naming, describing the path he took toward education. 

“Today we focus on education, and for much of our philanthropy, Medicine Hat College has been a recipient of it,” he said.