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Eric Stanley Hillis Memorial Award
Maximum Amount: $415.00
Faculty: Education
Deadline: 15-Apr
Process: Award application flyer will be circulated by Faculty of Education each spring.
Scholarship Type: Award
Description: Awarded annually to a student graduating from the B.Ed. program who, in the opinion of the Dean, show the most promise of inspirational teaching.
Background: Eric Stanley Hillis was born on May 28, 1943, in Halifax, NS. He was the only child of Mr. and Mrs. James Stanley Hillis. He attended Gorsebrook School and Queen Elizabeth High School and was active in the Y.M.C.A. In 1960 Eric was a delegate from Nova Scotia to the World Youth conference in Amsterdam, Holland. In the fall of 1960 he entered Dalhousie University where he majored in English. He participated in many extracurricular activities and was Arts Representative to the Student Council. He wrote for the Gazette and the yearbook, Pharos, and was on the Model Parliament for two years. He was active in the Dalhousie Glee and Dramatic Society and managed two of their productions, "Bye Bye Birdie" in 1961-62 and "Guys and Dolls" in1962-63. In 1963 he was a delegate to C.U.S. National Congress and in 1964 to C.U.S. Regional Conference. In 1964 he was Student Housing Commission on the Dalhousie Campus and with his staff was instrumental in eliminating the names of householders who would not accept foreign students. With a year in Law School and his Bachelor of Arts degree behind him, Eric entered the Dalhousie Education program. After graduation he taught for one school year at the Junior High level in the Halifax City School system. In 1967 he and his wife, Laurie Publicover, moved to Charlottetown where he had been invited to join the newly formed Education Department at Prince of Wales College, which in 1968 became the University of Prince Edward Island. He was a lecturer there for four years in the field of teacher education. During summer vacations he completed the course work for a Master of Education degree at Dalhousie University. The subject of his thesis was "Some Legal Aspects of Authority and Responsibility in Canadian Schools". In 1971 Eric was seconded to the Atlantic Institute of Education in Halifax to coordinate research in teacher education, his particular interest. He also acted as Project Coordinator of a feasibility study under terms of a c
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