Donor Stories

Elizabeth Wells

Elizabeth Wells spent her undergraduate years at University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music, but she always admired the high intellectual and academic calibre of Trinity’s faculty and students. “I loved the architecture of the building and the quad — I thought of Trinity as the ultimate college one could go to,” she says.

Wells, now a Professor of Music History at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick, decided to recognize Trinity College by making a gift to the Faculty of Divinity through a bequest in her will.

“It appealed to me because I was able to grant a bequest in a financially flexible way, to a program that fit my own educational and career interests,” she says. Bequests like Wells’ are an easy way for all alumni and friends of the College to create their legacy and support Trinity’s students. Gifts go directly to the scholarships, bursaries and academic programs that allow Trinity students to thrive and succeed. Wells calls Trinity a “strong place for leadership.”

“Students that I see profiled in Trinity magazine are very committed to causes — that was part of my motivation for wanting to donate to this College in particular.”

She hopes her bequest will aid students burdened by the increased cost of education. “Because I’m a professor, access to education is particularly important to me. I want to make sure that everyone is given a fair shot at getting the education they want.” 

Jack Whiteside '6T3

When Jack Whiteside sat down to draw up his estate plans, the students of Trinity College were not far from his mind. So remembering Trinity in his will was a natural extension of his long time commitment to the College.  A few years later, he realized how simple it could be to build and even stonger relationship with Trinity and its students during his lifetime - by accelerating his pland and establishing a scholarship for the here and now. 

Jack set up the John Harvey Whiteside Scholarship in 2010 to be endowed and awarded immediately, and planned to enhance and further secure the fund through his will. The first Whiteside Scholarships were awarded that year, giving Jack the chance to realize his goal of helping deserving Trinity students.