Bill Dowkes announces 500 for 50k Challenge


UPDATE: We Did it! The Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied surpassed the goal of 500 donations before December 31st to unlock the $50, 000 donation from Bill Dowkes. Thank you to everyone who donated during the campaign!

Bill Dowkes (ChemE 6T2) has been a fixture in the Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry for a long time.

His decades of involvement with Skule started as an undergrad and went on to take many forms – all of which have helped to shape the landscape of the Department. Over the years, Dowkes has worked as the Assistant Secretary of the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering, Secretary of the Engineering Scholarship Committee, Chair of Admissions, ChemE Lecturer, and more. As a long-time supporter, Dowkes has generously established and supported several scholarships and other U of T activities such as the Hart House Camera Club.

“I give to ChemE because I appreciate the high quality of education it offers, not only in terms of engineering, but also in terms of life lessons,” says Dowkes.

Today, his support continues with the 500 for 50K Challenge. If ChemE can generate 500 monetary gifts from alumni, staff and faculty by December 31, Dowkes will make a $50,000 donation toward ChemE student scholarships.

“I put the challenge to employees, alumni and supporters,” declares Dowkes. “If ChemE positively impacted your life, pay it forward by making a contribution.”

Donate online:

Donate by phone: 416-946-7827

Donate by mail: Kristin Philpot, 35 St. George St., Room 116
Toronto ON M5S 1A4

Stay tuned for updates on social media as we take on the 500 for 50k challenge!

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