Awards totalling $3,150 have been made available through an endowment established by friends, family, former students, and colleagues in memory of Robert A. J. McDonald (1944-2019), for outstanding graduate students in the Department of History specializing in the history of British Columbia.
Dr. McDonald (B.A., M.A., Ph.D. 1977) grew up in Brandon, Manitoba, and relocated to Vancouver to complete his Ph.D. at UBC, where he became an Assistant Professor of History in 1978. He was a leading historian of British Columbia, editing the journal BC Studies and serving as president of the Vancouver Historical Society. Dr. McDonald taught Canadian history for more than thirty years, during which he touched the lives of thousands of students and received the Killam Teaching Prize in 2000 in recognition of his dedication to his students.
This scholarship was established in recognition of Dr. McDonald’s achievements as a historian and as a professor. The scholarships are made on the recommendation of Department of History, in consultation with the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. (First award available for the 2021/2022 winter session).
Those interested in donating in Prof. McDonald’s memory can do so here.