Ontario Tech Honors Oshawa Foundation’s Continued Contributions to University Life


By Glenn Hendry

Published on August 23, 2022 at 12:35 p.m.

A recent donation of $400,000 from the Herman Kassinger Foundation to Ontario Tech University brought the longtime benefactor’s total gift to $550,000 and earned the foundation a plaque honoring its continued support of the school.

Ontario Tech University President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Steven Murphy hosted Trustees of the Herman Kassinger Foundation at Shawenjigewining Hall earlier this summer to unveil a plaque of appreciation honoring their generous contributions to the ‘university.

The support helps students achieve their academic goals through the Herman Kassinger Endowment, the Herman Kassinger Foundation Ontario Graduate Scholarship Endowment, and the capital contribution for the construction of Shawenjigewining Hall, the Ontario Tech’s newest building.

In 2003, the Herman Kassinger Foundation established an endowment that annually provides six financial scholarships to undergraduate students; in 2021, the endowment contributed to Ontario Tech’s OGS program, which encourages excellence in graduate education.

The late Herman Kassinger, a renowned real estate developer and builder in Oshawa and Durham, understood the importance of philanthropy and generously donated to causes to give back to the community that provided him with so many opportunities. Today, the Herman Kassinger Foundation continues these philanthropic efforts on Kassinger’s behalf.

“Herman Kassinger didn’t build houses; he built communities. He thought we were all part of the community and when you provide support everyone benefits,” said G. Charles S. Morison, trustee of the Herman Kassinger Foundation. “Since that time, the Foundation has continued to defend its vision. Herman has always supported higher education and we at the Foundation continue to carry on this legacy.

Shawenjigewining Hall houses the Faculty of Health Sciences, the Office of Student Life, the Office of Continuous Learning, and the Ontario Tech Student Union, as well as classrooms, lecture halls, and meeting spaces. One of the meeting spaces now bears the plaque honoring the Foundation’s support.

“The generous support of the Herman Kassinger Foundation demonstrates the power of community and shows students at Ontario Tech University that the community believes in them and that the positive impact they will have in the world is no dream but a reality,” enthused Dr. Steven Murphy, President and Vice-Chancellor, Ontario Tech University.

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