$1-million Gift from Bader Philanthropies, Inc. Supports Transformative Undergraduate Research Program at Victoria College, University of Toronto
January 15, 2018—Bader Philanthropies, Inc., a Milwaukee-based foundation, donated $1 million to support Victoria College’s Scholars-in-Residence program. This program addresses the shortage of research opportunities available to undergraduates in the humanities and includes a unique requirement to live in residence at the College throughout the month-long, summer program. “Victoria College is absolutely delighted that Bader Philanthropies, Inc., through the Isabel and Alfred Bader Fund, has come forward to support the Scholars-in-Residence program,” says William Robins, president of Victoria University. “Such a generous donation will ensure that this ground-breaking program thrives.”
The Scholars-in-Residence program began in 2016 as a collaboration between Victoria College and the Jackman Humanities Institute at the University of Toronto. In 2017, in only its second year of operation, 1,000 applications were received for 50 openings in the program. Clearly, there is a critical need for this type of humanities research opportunity at the undergraduate level. The Bader Endowment for the Scholars-in-Residence program will provide the funding needed to ensure students have access to the residency and co-curricular components of the program. Further, the endowed support offered by the Bader Endowment guarantees the program’s ongoing growth and success while maintaining the highest standards of creative inquiry and engaged learning.
This immersive and intensive program for upper-year undergraduates promotes interdisciplinary humanities and social-science research. Working in teams of five, participants in the program engage in faculty-led research, thus acquiring advanced research skills and experience while collaborating with an intellectually vibrant community of peers, professors and research professionals. Students receive hands-on instruction in research techniques, and group activities include multidisciplinary workshops on research methodologies and professional communication.
The Bader family has a long tradition of supporting Victoria College. The Isabel Bader Theatre bears the name of Isabel (Overton) Bader, an alumna and recipient of an honorary doctorate degree from Victoria University. In addition, Isabel Bader has been extraordinarily generous in her support of students through the funding of many scholarships and bursaries. Hundreds of Victoria College students have received assistance over the years because of her unparalleled support. “Isabel and my father recognize the importance of creating traditional and unconventional experiences that open one’s mind to explore what is possible in the world,” said Daniel J. Bader, president and CEO of Bader Philanthropies. “The Scholars-in-Residence program, which spurs intellectual curiosity, complements the bricks and mortar that bear our family’s name.” Now, thanks to Bader Philanthropies, and the Isabel and Alfred Bader Fund, every student participating in the Scholars-in-Residence program can live in residence and be part of this transformational program which students have described as “life changing,” “intensely rewarding” and “perhaps the most valuable experience of my undergraduate career.” The Bader Endowment for the Scholars-in-Residence program contributes significantly to Victoria’s vision for transforming undergraduate education.
About Victoria University: Founded in 1836 in Cobourg, Ontario, by royal charter from King William IV, Victoria federated with the University of Toronto in 1890. It comprises Victoria College, an arts and science college of U of T, and Emmanuel College, a theological college associated with the United Church of Canada.