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Alumnus gifts Lakeland College $1 million for student bursary and beef efforts

A former Lakeland College student who was in the class of 1958 and 1988 is making a million-dollar donation to his old school.

The alumnus, Bill Robinson, delivered the gift on Wednesday to the Vermilion Campus.

The funding will be equally divided between beef initiatives on the campus farm, and student bursaries.

A graduate of the 2-in-1 Agriculture program in 1958, Robinson returned to Lakeland 30 years later to take electrical training. His father Lyle also attended the college, graduating in 1927. His mother Annabel was the Dean of Women for three years.

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“The college has been a big part of our family for years,” says Robinson. “I hope that this gift will help the college continue to grow, while also providing financial support to the students who need it most so they can attend the college and get a great education.”

In thanking Robinson for his gift, Dr. Alice Wainwright-Stewart, president and CEO of Lakeland College notes the Bill Robinson Bursary will support students facing financial challenges.

“Bill’s generosity will help us continue to modernize our campus farm, which is used by our more than 650 agricultural sciences students as well as applied research staff.”

A 150-seat classroom in the WHT Mead Building at the Vermilion campus has been named the Lyle and Annabel Robinson Lecture Theatre, a tribute to his parents.

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