Faculty of Social Science

Donation from the estate of Professor Ken Hilborn creates awards for history students

September 01, 2016

Professor Ken Hillborn donated $750,000 to create awards for students in the Department of History at WesternProfessor Kenneth Hilborn bequeathed an estate gift of $1,000,000 to Western University, of which $750,000 was directed to the Department of History to establish awards for undergraduate and graduate students.

Hilborn was a graduate of Queen's University and the University of Oxford, where his supervisor was A. J. P. Taylor. He taught courses in History and International Relations at The University of Western Ontario from 1961 to 1997. He died in 2013 at age 79.

“Ken Hilborn’s generous gift to the history department gives a great boost to undergraduate and graduate students,” said Francine McKenzie, Chair of the Department of History. “The Hilborn awards recognize students with exceptional academic records and make it possible for students to enrich their studies through internships, conferences and travel for research.”

Through the endowment, the Department of History has established: