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University Advancement | August 2018  


Future Ryerson Brampton students have their first scholarship

Dr. Bruce and Myrtle Freed

Dr. Bruce and Myrtle Freed


When Ryerson University’s Brampton campus opens in 2022, it will mark a series of firsts:

  • the first university campus in the city of Brampton
  • the first location outside of downtown Toronto for Ryerson academic programming
  • the first time a student will be awarded the Dr. Bruce and Myrtle Freed Memorial Scholarship
  • the first scholarship established at the Ryerson Brampton campus specifically for Ryerson Brampton students.

The Dr. Bruce and Myrtle Freed Memorial Scholarship is an endowed scholarship established by the Freed family which will support students across programs at the Brampton campus. Ryerson Brampton is planning to deliver a mix of data-driven science and business programs, and experiential learning opportunities. The campus also includes plans for a new Centre for Cybersecurity, a Centre for Education, Innovation and Collaboration, and an Innovation Hub connecting students with external organizations in the region.

Dr. Freed was educated in Toronto and served as Squadron Leader in the RCAF (medical officer) during WWII. After the war in 1946, Dr. Bruce and Myrtle Freed, a physician and nurse, set up their medical practice in Brampton. In the many years following, Dr. Freed estimated that he delivered over 4,000 babies. Both Dr. and Mrs. Freed believed that all things were possible, and with commitment and perseverance all things could be achieved. They also believed that their legacy was their children.

In this spirit, the Freed family is pleased to establish this award in honour of their parents to give hope and encouragement to the youth of Brampton.

Jane and Lynne Freed expressed their optimism for what Ryerson will do for Brampton. “It is an exciting development for the city and is part of something larger that is drawing people back downtown. The Brampton campus will give Brampton residents an opportunity to excel right here at home.”

Lynne and Jane anticipate that watching the first student receive the award named for their parents will be very emotional. “It is a way of remembering our parents,” they added. “It is also a way of doing something for Brampton. We hope it inspires others to give to Ryerson and to Brampton.” The Dr. Bruce and Myrtle Freed Memorial Scholarship will be a lasting tribute to the late couple and honour their legacy and impact on the community.

To learn more about the future Brampton campus, please see the story in Ryerson Today.

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