At a glance

The Expositor (Brantford) - - NEWS -

• The James Hil­lier Foun­da­tion Schol­ar­ships are pre­sented an­nu­ally to ex­cep­tional lo­cal stu­dents pur­su­ing post­sec­ondary de­grees in science and tech­nol­ogy. They are worth up to $20,000 over four years.

• To date, the James Hil­lier Foun­da­tion has awarded 55 com­plete four-year uni­ver­sity schol­ar­ships worth more than $1 mil­lion to stu­dents from across Brant County.

• The schol­ar­ships are named for sci­en­tific in­no­va­tor James Hil­lier, who was born and raised in Brant­ford, be­fore at­tend­ing the Uni­ver­sity of Toronto. He coin­vented the elec­tron mi­cro­scope and re­ceived more than 40 patents in his life­time. He died in Jan­uary 2007 at the age of 91.

• Hil­lier, a grad­u­ate of Brant­ford Col­le­giate In­sti­tute, was one of the early in­ductees, along with Thomas Edi­son and Alexan­der Gra­ham Bell, into the Na­tional In­ven­tors Hall of Fame in Ohio, and the Cana­dian Science and En­gi­neer­ing Hall of Fame in Ot­tawa.

• Hil­lier took a keen in­ter­est in nur­tur­ing young sci­en­tists and was in­stru­men­tal in help­ing se­lect schol­ar­ship win­ners, driv­ing to the city from his home in Prince­ton, N.J., un­til he was 90.

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