MICHIEL HORN WANTS TO ISSUE A CHALLENGE TO HIS FELLOW ALUMNI. The Victoria College graduate and recently retired professor of history at Glendon College of York University is starting a new scholarship at UVic worth $2,500 for a third or fourth year student in honours history or honours history/English. Preference will be given to a student in financial need.
He hopes others will be inspired to do something similar. “One of the purposes (in establishing the scholarship) is to have something of a demonstration effect,” says Horn. “It may not be something people think of when they’re getting older, and some may feel inhibited from drawing attention to themselves. But universities need support and alumni are a natural source of that support.”
Horn is a Canadian history specialist and a leading authority on academic freedom. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, he was born in Holland but grew up in Victoria, graduating from Victoria College in 1963. “I continue to feel very considerable affection both for Victoria and the university. My reasons for giving are, first of all, I’ve always been pleased with the education I had at Victoria College and secondly, as a student who needed financial support I always appreciated the scholarships I picked up along the way. One way of showing my gratitude is to establish one of my own.
“There is an obligation for alumni to give something back when they have the opportunity. It is something I feel quite strongly about.”
Horn, 66, is the University Historian at York. He’s at work on a book tracing the history of the university, with publication due to coincide with the institution’s golden anniversary in 2009.
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