Charette Family Donates $600,000 to Centennial College

As originally seen on Inside Toronto:

A $1.2 million endowment has been established to provide scholarships for technology students at Centennial College, thanks to a record $600,000 donation from Paul and Gerri Charette.

The donation, which was matched by Centennial, is the largest ever made to the college by individuals. It establishes the Paul and Gerri Charette Full-Tuition Scholarship, which will be awarded to students in Centennial’s School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science’s architectural technology and environment technology programs.

A press release announced the donation Tuesday, April 19.

“We wish to recognize and reward deserving talent in the fields of architectural and environmental technology,” said Paul Charette in the release.

“It is our responsibility to encourage students on their academic journey, and we want to ensure capable individuals who are motivated to enter these fields may do so unencumbered by the cost of their education.”

Former CEO and president of Bird Construction, Paul Charette serves on the board of directors for Colleges and Institutes Canada. He and his wife Gerri are generous community supporters and have previously contributed to Centennial College.

“We’re absolutely delighted with the generosity the Charettes have shown towards Ontario’s first college,” said Ann Buller, president and CEO of Centennial, in the release.

“Their full-tuition scholarship — rare in the college sector — follows the recipients throughout their years in the program and creates a community of ‘Charette Scholars.’ There is no better legacy than one that instills success in others.”

The Charettes’ endowment supports Centennial College’s IMPACT Campaign, which was founded in 2014 and aims to raise $50-million for new scholarships, academic programs and capital projects.

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