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Shuffle scholarship helps first-year Concordia student thrive

Art education student Astrid Busby describes big impact of Shuffle Entrance Scholarship on her studies
September 12, 2019
By Emma Brayley

Portrait of Astrid Busby Art education student Astrid Busby, recipient of the Shuffle Entrance Scholarship

Shuffle 30 is right around the corner.

On September 27, 2019, the Concordia community celebrates 30 years of its annual walk from the Sir George Williams Campus to the Loyola Campus to raise funds for student bursaries and scholarships.

Last fall, art education student Astrid Busby was the recipient of the Shuffle Entrance Scholarship award.

“Living away from all my friends and family in Ontario has been difficult, but receiving this award has genuinely made this past school year so much easier,” says Busby.

Scholarships and bursaries alleviate financial stress. “Not only was I able to devote more time to my studies rather than work, but it has also allowed me to put more energy towards building my new life here.”

Knowing that the community came together to support Busby also boosted her morale and motivation.

In 2018, Shufflers raised a record $114,000, with all proceeds going to deserving students like Busby. This year, Shuffle 30 set its most ambitious goal yet: $115,000. 

Since its founding in 1990, the Concordia Shuffle has raised $1.6 million to support more than 800 students.

Shufflers can fundraise as an individual or as a team — and create their own awards to support students. For instance, during Shuffle 29, funds were raised in support of the Orange Shirt Bursary for Indigenous Students and the Student Success Centre Achievement Scholarship, among many others.

The financial support deserving students like Busby receive help break down barriers.

“I am excited to be pursuing my passions for making art and helping others, and I am so appreciative for the opportunity to have been able to do so to my full potential.”

The Shuffle walkathon has raised $1.6 million for student scholarships and bursaries since 1990. Register today for Shuffle 30 to support Concordia students.


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