Donna Coghill is well known at Carleton University, particularly as a fixture within the Institute of Political Economy where she worked for almost 22 years prior to her retirement in July 2021. One thing Donna is best known for is her unwavering support for students. Whether it was assisting with grant applications, compassionately dealing with crises, being their cheerleader while they raced to the finish line of their thesis, or simply sharing her lunch, Donna supported students in whatever capacity they needed. We aim to ensure that Donna can continue to help students post-retirement by establishing the Donna Coghill Scholarship.


The Background

Endowed in 2021, the scholarship is being established on the occasion of Donna Coghill’s retirement in 2021 to honour her decades of service to Carleton, and especially to students in the Institute of Political Economy.

As the sole administrator of the Institute of Political Economy for more than twenty years, Donna served as the Institute’s heart and its historical memory, and was an indefatigable advocate for students.  Donna was always helping students navigate hurdles and anxieties, financial and otherwise.  In honour of her dedication to students, and of the life and love she poured into the program, the Institute and Donna’s family want to celebrate her legacy with this scholarship fund.

The Rollout

The Donna Coghill Scholarship will provide support to outstanding students entering or continuing in a graduate program in Political Economy, with consideration being given to students with financial need.

The Impact

This scholarship will help one or more student each year.

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