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Patron of arts Eleanor Catherine Courtney Wallace’s $3 million legacy donation will provide scholarship opportunities to dozens of students.Patron of arts Eleanor Catherine Courtney Wallace’s $3 million legacy donation will provide scholarship opportunities to dozens of students.

$3 million donor remembered for business acumen, generous spirit

A $3 million legacy donation by lifelong Windsor resident and patron of the arts, Eleanor Catherine Courtney Wallace, will provide scholarship opportunities to dozens of students for years to come through the newly established Eleanor C. Wallace scholarship.

Mrs. Wallace died in 2012 at 104, following a lifetime of travel, art, music and a keen interest in business and investing, says long-time friend and lawyer Roger Skinner.

Skinner says Eleanor’s business acumen and thoughtful planning will benefit several organizations in addition to the University of Windsor, with her university gift earmarked primarily for students in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science.

The scholarship will be awarded annually to full-time undergraduate students entering directly from a Canadian high school. The scholarship is based on academic merit (minimum entering average of 80%); leadership potential; commitment to community; and participation in school activities. Students must submit a short essay demonstrating their worthiness for the award. The university will be allocating 18 awards for 2015/2016.

Skinner’s wife Libby Skinner, a close friend of Mrs. Wallace, remembers her as cheerful and generous of spirit.

“She really had quite a life. She was gentle, kind, and had a very dry sense of humour.”