At a glance
• 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.