The plan to start a scholarship program at MacMaster University began a result of a celebration of My archives being donated to the MacMaster Library .
I wanted to begin paying forward my own fortunate circumstances and so I started the wheels turning to establish the Tom Wilson Indigenous Bursary in Honour of Bunny Wilson.
The events will occur in tandem, with the Archives ceremony on May 26 followed by a two concerts to raise funds and awareness for the Scholarship on May 27 and 28th at The LR Wilson Concert Hall at MacMaster Univ.
I will be donating the proceeds of the concerts to McMaster to create a student award for indigenous student(s) in the School of the Arts .
The concert and associated ticket sales will be managed by My team, with McMaster providing in-kind support e.g. use of space, assistance with logistics and ‘red tape’, and support with promotions and ticket sales.
My goal for year one is to raise $50,000 .
The Tom Wilson Bursary established in 2020 to support year 1 indigenous students from Ontario secondary schools completing an undergraduate program in any faculty. It was established to help bring honour, love, respect and shine a light back on the culture I have been introduced to later in life, and to honour the charitable nature that Bunny Wilson who raised me embodied throughout her life.
This award is dedicated to empowering the next generation of indigenous people that will lead us into the future.