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Crowdfunding campaign helps Queen’s University international student pay for 4th year tuition – Kingston

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An international student at Queen’s University was unable to afford his fourth-year tuition when his parents, back in Ecuador, faced financial hardship due to COVID-19.

So, in December, he launched a $90,000 fundraising campaign, counting on the generosity of others.

This generosity paid off for Gilmar Gutierrez.

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Her story, commitment, and funding from others made a dream come true, and since reaching that total, Gutierrez has been able to pay her tuition and will graduate from medical school later this year.

“The support has been absolutely amazing, beyond any of my dreams, and I’ve said it on social media as well,” Gutierrez says.

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“I will never have enough words to thank everyone who has donated to truly express the gratitude I feel. So the only thing I can do to show it is in my actions as a professional of health.

“I will give back and do my best to help others the same way I received all this help.”

Gutierrez, who just completed his externship at Providence Care Hospital, was more than overwhelmed with financial support.

So did others, who thought, “Why would anyone care about an Ecuadorian international medical student?

“I think the context of the pandemic also plays an important role, and we can all relate to that,” says Wenjue Knutsen, adjunct associate professor at Queen’s University.

“And I’m thinking of Canadian values, our core values, our core belief in education and health care. He’s going back to help Canadians, so I think that also reflects Canadian values. »

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Tuition fees were officially paid last Friday.

“It’s like the heaviest weight I’ve ever felt on my shoulders has finally been lifted,” Gutierrez says.

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“It’s incredible.”

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