September 2016

Why I give: Graham Cowan ’10 

When a memorial scholarship was created in the name of Jonny Wookey ’08, who died tragically in 2012, Graham Cowan immediately asked that his annual donation be directed to it. 

“He embodied every positive characteristic Upper Canada College wants to instil in its graduates,” Cowan says. 

"In my first year at the Upper School, Jonny definitely contributed to making it a more inviting place. Even though he was two years ahead of me, he always took the time to have a chat in the halls. 

“It was an easy choice to switch my giving to that scholarship. I’ll probably keep doing so as long as it’s alive.”

Cowan, too, embodies the UCC ideal of a well-rounded person. He was captain of the UCC squash team in Grade 12 and continued to compete in the sport at Western University while studying business.

During that time, UCC associate director of alumni relations Lindsay Tarvit introduced Cowan to a vice-president from PricewaterhouseCoopers, who recruited him upon graduation. Cowan now works for the professional services powerhouse as a senior associate who consults on purchasing and supply chain management.  

Cowan first begin donating to his alma mater during his final year at university.

“I believe I should donate a percentage of what I earn and it’s the least I could do for UCC,” he says.

“I can’t speak highly enough of the direction the school is going in terms of funding high-potential students who couldn’t otherwise afford UCC. It’s great that the school is going outside of Forest Hill and providing opportunities. With the scholarships and financial aid, it makes me prouder to be an Old Boy every year.”

Cowan keeps in touch with UCC through the alumni network and still counts many of his classmates as good friends.

“Our ongoing relationship shows what kind of people there are at UCC,” he says.

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