50 Years of Giving Back

Masoomeh Kalantari

Masoomeh Kalantari, PhD Candidate and 2019-20 recipient of the Rathlyn Foundation Fellowship

Although the donor of the Rathlyn PhD Fellowships left McGill before completing his BCom degree, he has never stopped believing in the value of higher education. “Perhaps because I did not have the typical university path, I am all the more interested in investing in students,” he reflected. “They’re the future of Canadian society.”

This loyal donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, has supported the Desautels Faculty of Management for more than 50 years. In 2011, he created the Rathlyn Foundation Fellowships to support outstanding PhD students. “I was brought up in a household that encouraged career accomplishment and financial independence. My family also impressed upon me the responsibility of giving back to the community when in a position to do so,” said the donor, who has made a name for himself in the investment industry.

The Fellowships are the cornerstone of guaranteed funding for incoming students in the Desautels PhD program. “The Rathlyn PhD Fellowship has lightened my financial burden, which allows me to focus more on learning,” affirmed Masoomeh Kalantari, a 2019-20 recipient who researches gender-related topics in the field of organizational behaviour.

Fellowship funds like the Rathlyn Foundation Fellowships don’t just enable Desautels to attract qualified students—they also play a critical role in retaining students and propelling them toward meaningful careers.

Dongliang Sheng, a PhD student focusing on information systems, appreciates the opportunity to lay a foundation for an impactful future. “I’m being trained on the frontiers of business,” he acknowledged. “I’m becoming capable of contributing to the advancement of management education and practice. I hope that, one day, I can help others as this fellowship has helped me.”

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