University of Regina to receive $2.08 million from alumnus Dr. Nevan Krogan and partners

News Release Release Date: September 29, 2021 11:15 a.m.

The largest one-time donation to the University of Regina by an alum, in association with his partners, will be used to fully fund the Children of Haiti Project (COHP) Scholarship.

Starting in Fall 2023, the Children of Haiti Project Scholarship will provide 10 COHP graduates with the opportunity of a lifetime – to pursue a fully-funded undergraduate degree, in the discipline of their choice at the U of R, with their tuition, housing, immigration costs, and living expenses covered.

“We are truly honoured and proud that Dr. Krogan chose his alma mater over all other universities to be entrusted with the education, development, and care of 10 bright and ambitious graduates of COHP,” said Dr. Jeff Keshen, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Regina. “Dr. Krogan and his associates’ transformational investment in helping the Children of Haiti Project creates a better world defined by generosity and opportunity for Haitian students, who are facing extreme poverty, suffering political instability, and continuing to recover from a series of devastating earthquakes and hurricanes over the last 11 years.”

The COHP scholarship will help prepare these students, who rank in the 91st percentile in international evaluations, as leaders in whichever fields they choose, and bring hope to them, their families, and their/our community.

“I just can’t think of a better place for a group of 10 very underprivileged but very talented students to go to get exposure but in a way that is supportive,” said Dr. Nevan Krogan. “I feel like trying to do something for Regina and something for the University that I came from and gave me all my breaks, so trying to give back there as well and I thought this was a potential win-win.”

“Their families are counting on them and they feel lucky and this is something they are not taking for granted, they are doing their best,” said Dominique Pierre, co-founder and country director of the Children of Haiti Project. “I would like them to be themselves and I want to give them a chance of choosing what they want to be or what they want to do. Whatever role they choose to take, I would like them to become model citizens.”

COHP is a private, non-profit corporation with the mission to bring strong and effective education and nutrition to some of the poorest children in Haiti.

Their programs are focused on providing education, healthcare and nutrition to the children who most need them in a framework optimized for results. They continue to seek out new areas of refugee children who are underserved and in need of support.

Media Backgrounder below.

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About the University of Regina

The University of Regina—with campuses located on Treaty 4 and Treaty 6 territories, the ancestral lands of the Cree, Saulteaux, Dakota, Lakota and Nakoda nations and the homeland of the Métis—is a comprehensive, mid-sized university that traces its roots back to the creation of Regina College in 1911. Today, more than 16,600 students study within the University's 10 faculties, 25 academic departments/schools, 18 research centres and institutes, and three federated colleges (Campion College, First Nations University of Canada, and Luther College). The University of Regina has an established reputation for excellence and innovative programs that lead to undergraduate, master, and doctoral degrees.

 

Media Backgrounder

Nevan Krogan / Children of Haiti Project

 

Dr. Nevan Krogan

Dr. Krogan was born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan, obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Regina and his PhD from the University of Toronto. Dr. Krogan’s lab at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), focuses on developing and applying quantitative, systematic proteomic and genetic approaches to study complex biological and biomedical problems. Currently, the Krogan group is focused on studying cancer, infectious disease (including COVID-19), rare diseases and psychiatric disorders.

Among Dr. Krogan’s several awards and honours, is the 2012 University of Regina Alumni Crowning Achievement Award for Distinguished Professional Achievement. 

 

Children of Haiti Project

The Children of Haiti Project (COHP) is a private, non-profit organization with the mission to bring strong and effective progressive education, nutrition and medical care to some of the poorest children in Haiti and to create the country’s future leaders.

On January 12, 2010, a powerful 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti just south of the capital of Port-au-Prince and left over 2 million people displaced.

In May of 2010, the Children of Haiti Project opened its doors to the children ages 4-5 in dire need of an education and a safe and clean sanctuary in the midst of a devastated city. Most of the children have stayed in school for the 10 years since the program began and are currently distributed between grades 9, 10 and 11. They are following the Haitian/French national curriculum with a projected graduation date of 2023 for the first group.

 

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