An Update from Quest’s Director of Advancement
An Update from Quest's Director of Advancement
Greetings from Quest University!
As the Director of Advancement, I have the privilege of witnessing how gifts make a difference in the lives of our students. I am regularly uplifted by the generosity of the donors who make the Quest experience possible. You’ve supported the Artist-in-Residence program, health and wellness, our on-campus apiary, field studies, lab science resources—such as our milling machine—and solar panel technology, to name a few.
I write to inform you about three Giving Opportunities at Quest. This fall, we are focusing our fundraising efforts on scholarships, student research and the Strangway Archive project. Our Annual Giving Campaign was launched in September and is devoted to funding scholarships for the many deserving students who apply to Quest. This year, we have not set a target dollar amount for the campaign. Instead, in true Quest spirit, our goal is to build community and invite participation. If you’re an alum, student, or parent, we encourage each grad year to give. Make your year proud! No amount is too small; every dollar really makes a difference.
Student Research Grants are awarded by the Research, Scholarly and Creative Works (RSCW) Committee to fund impactful student research projects. Funding ranges from $200 to $1000 for each application; grants have been awarded to projects ranging from archiving the collection donated by Dr. Strangway to an environmental study of the Invasive Varnish Clam in Howe Sound, among others. These grants allow students to pursue their passions and contribute in meaningful ways to the Quest community and beyond.
Fourth-year student Thea Saeterdal has devoted countless hours to sorting the captivating collection of NASA Apollo Mission artifacts, which was donated by Quest founder Dr. David Strangway. Thea’s research grant, along with donated funds, have enabled her to archive a portion of the Apollo Mission photographs, mission control transcripts, moon maps, and other historically significant items from Dr. Strangway’s time at NASA. Each additional donation brings Thea one step closer to completing the Strangway Archive before she graduates in December.
I invite you to consider supporting Quest scholarships, student research or the Strangway Archive project by giving what you can. Special projects, programs and learning opportunities are made possible through donations. Every little bit counts. This is an exciting time of year, and we hope you’ll want to be a part of it.
Director of Advancement