HSBC Undergraduate Award in Environmental Studies Established at UBC Okanagan

HSBC Bank Canada has donated $50,000 to UBC Okanagan to create the HSBC Undergraduate Award in Environmental Studies. This new gift is in addition to HSBC Bank Canada’s current multi-year, $1.4-million donation to UBC in support of UBC’s Robson Square campus in downtown Vancouver and the UBC Learning Exchange. This $1.4 million gift made possible two other HSBC awards through matching funds from UBC.

“The HSBC Undergraduate Award in Environmental Studies will help UBC Okanagan attract outstanding students in the areas of environmental chemistry, freshwater sciences and earth and environmental sciences,” said UBC President Dr. Martha Piper.

“The global need for environmental scientists is increasing, and with the support of good corporate citizens like HSBC Bank Canada, UBC Okanagan will be poised to address that need. We thank HSBC Bank Canada for their generous endowment to benefit students at UBC Okanagan and for their long-standing support of UBC.”

The HSBC Undergraduate Award in Environmental Studies will be provided to students who demonstrate high academic achievement but also have financial need. The award will cover full tuition for up to 30 credits for continuing undergraduate students working towards a degree in the Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Sciences Unit of the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences.

“At HSBC, we believe in sharing our success by supporting both educational and environmental initiatives around the world,” said Tim Lawler, Vice President, Interior Region of HSBC Bank Canada and a member of the President’s Community Advisory Council at UBC Okanagan. “Our goal is to help improve access to education so that individual students can reach their full potential and contribute to the well being of the local communities where we live and work. This is why we are so pleased to establish the HSBC Undergraduate Award in Environmental Studies at UBC Okanagan.”

The first awards will be available for the 2006-2007 Winter session at UBC Okanagan.

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