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Law students get a financial helping hand in times of need

UToday HomeApril 3, 2013

By Ali Abel

Kerry Dyte is executive vice-president of Cenovus Energy Inc., and co-chair of the Faculty of Law’s Campaign for Calgary Law.Kerry Dyte is executive vice-president of Cenovus Energy Inc., and co-chair of the Faculty of Law’s Campaign for Calgary Law.Law students are trained to anticipate questions in a courtroom or how a client will react to news about their case.

No matter how much training a law student receives, it’s difficult to plan for unexpected events such as illness or family emergencies. To help students in these difficult times, the Faculty of Law has announced the new Kerry Dyte Q.C. Student Assistance Fund, a $50,000 donation to the law school to provide students access to emergency funding.

"Sometimes during a student's program, unforeseen financial challenges arise. Whether medical or dental expenses, family emergency travel costs or others, the impact on a student can be significant,” said Kerry Dyte, executive vice-president, general counsel and corporate secretary of Cenovus Energy Inc., and co-chair of the Faculty of Law’s Campaign for Calgary Law.

“My hope with the establishment of this emergency assistance fund for law students is that some of the additional stress often associated with these financial challenges can be alleviated."

All law students will have access to up to $5,000 of the fund upon demonstration of financial need, such as travel expenses for family illness or bereavement, tuition support or medical and dental expenses. Applications for funding can be made to the faculty’s director of student services, and will be granted at the dean’s discretion.

“The Faculty of Law is very appreciative of Mr. Dyte’s donation,” said Dean Ian Holloway, Q.C. “We hope our students will never have to use the fund, but hope they feel comfort knowing there is help when they need it the most.”

 

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