In memory of John H.A. Pearson, John D. and Beth Pearson with a match from Hatch Ltd., established an endowment fund at the University of Manitoba with an initial gift of$100,000 in 2015. The Manitoba Scholarship and Bursary Initiative made a matching contribution to the fund. The purpose of the fund is to recognize the academic achievement of undergraduate students pursuing studies in electrical engineering in the Faculty of Engineering. Each year, beginning in 2017-2018, the available annual income from the fund will be used to offer two scholarships to undergraduate students who:
(1) are enrolled full-time (minimum 80% course load) in their third year of study in the Department
of Electrical Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering;
(2) have achieved a minimum degree grade point average of 3.5;
(3) have demonstrated volunteerism and involvement in the community or student government.
Preference in selection will be given to Canadian Indigenous students.
Candidates will be required to submit a statement (maximum 500 words) detailing their volunteer
experience and community or student government involvement.
The selection committee will be the Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards Committee of the Faculty of Engineering.
The Board of Governors of the University of Manitoba has the right to modify the terms of this award if, because of changed conditions, it becomes necessary to do so. Such modification shall conform as closely as possible to the expressed intention of the donor establishing the award.
Established: Senate, April 6, 2016
This bursary is in memory of Mr. John H.A. (Jack) Pearson, B.Sc.(E.E.)/1947. After graduation, Mr.
Pearson took his first job in Island Falls, SK, with the Churchill River Power Company. With two years' experience under his belt, Mr. Pearson took a job with Shawinigan Water and Power (later to become part of Hydro Quebec) where he worked in ever increasing levels of responsibility until the mid-1960's. While in Shawinigan, Mr. Pearson met Ms. Agnes McMahon. They were married and had three children: Mary, Heather and John. In 1966, Mr. Pearson decided to move to Toronto where he took a position with Ontario Hydro. At Ontario Hydro, Mr. Pearson proved himself by pioneering the transformer and transmission line parametric rating and control systems, a system to safely optimize existing infrastructure through the use of meteorological and other data. This system still operates today. Mr. Pearson retired in 1983 and moved to Kingston, where he remained very active in the church, church choir charity giving, and community service. In 2002, Mr. Pearson received the Lieutenant Governor's Community Volunteer Award after 12 years of service at the Providence Continuing Care Centre.