Solar Panel Awards

The Larkin Building solar panels are a clear demonstration of Trinity’s commitment to renewable energy and sustainability.  The solar panel project was initiated in 2007 when the student body allocated $250,000 in student capital funds to help support the project.   The initiative was also supported by an interest-free loan from the City of Toronto.  What make a good news story a great news story is that the panels produce enough power to pay back the loan with enough revenue left over to provide over $25,000 in student financial aid each year.   The Solar Panel Awards Program includes a variety of scholarships and grants that help support students while furthering the College’s environmental mission.  The range of scholarships and grants below were developed in close consultation with student leaders.

Solar Panel First-Year Award

Awarded to a student entering second year, who demonstrates an active interest and commitment to issues pertaining to the environment and sustainability through co-curricular involvement on campus.  Full terms and application procedure.

Solar Panel Graduation Award in Environmental and Sustainability Issues

Awarded to a graduating Trinity College student who has been committed to and involved with issues pertaining to the environment and sustainability through co-curricular involvement on campus.  Full terms and application procedure.

Solar Panel Graduation Award for Community Involvement

Awarded to a graduating Trinity College student who has made significant contributions to the College community while a commuting student.  The recipient may not be a current or former Head of College, Head of Arts or Head of NRA.  Full terms and application procedure.

Solar Panel Bursaries

Bursaries to help cover the cost of a Metropass for the academic year.  Awarded to commuting students in Arts and Science and Divinity with demonstrated financial need.  Solar Panel Bursaries are distributed through the College’s bursary program.

Solar Panel Funds for Experiential Learning

Grants made to students seeking financial assistance for participation in opportunities related to their academic pursuits.  The funding will help cover opportunities that do not, in and of themselves, lead to a credit in Arts and Science.  Examples would be funding to make presentations at conferences, or to cover costs associated with travel opportunities within an existing course.    Applications for funding are submitted to the Trinity College Registrar’s Office.

Solar Panel Awards by the Numbers (January 2012 to June 2013)

$49,400 – Total amount of student financial aid provided

53 – Number of students who have received funding for a monthly metropass for the academic year

13  – Number of students who have received funding to attend conferences and other academic opportunities