Hugh Hamilton Memorial Scholarships

Hugh Hamilton Memorial Scholarships

Nature Vancouver has established two new annual scholarships of $5000 each, in memory of Hugh Hamilton, a long time member of Nature Vancouver. The Hugh Memorial Scholarships are made possible through a very generous donation from Gordon and Daphne Squire, also long time members of Nature Vancouver, to celebrate the legacy of their friend. 

These two annual scholarships are for a graduate student, and a senior undergraduate. A senior undergraduate student is generally defined to be one who has amassed at minimum one half of the academic credits towards graduation in their major.


Only the Members of Nature Vancouver, or the immediate family of a member of Nature Vancouver, are eligible for these two scholarships. Full consideration is given to new members of Nature Vancouver. 

Students must be Canadian citizens, preferably BC residents and registered for full time study at an accredited British Columbian post-secondary institution, in a program of Environmental Studies (within Natural Sciences), Forest Resources Conservation or a related program (e.g., Ecological Restoration, Applied Biology, etc.).

Students should have an average of at least 75% and should be continuing in their studies for at least one term following receipt of scholarship.

How to Apply

Application package must include:

  • Membership details.
  • Brief resume.
  • A statement of academic pursuits and professional employment goals.
  • Transcript from post-secondary institution for 2 most recent years of study (scanned copy is ok).
  • Contact info for at least one reference (academic or related to natural science club or organization).
  • Details of volunteer work and participation in a natural science club or organization.

Every year the applications are due by April 30 and winners are announced at the Nature Vancouver AGM in May. Please submit your application, as an email attachment to Laura Cottle <>.


Hugh Hamilton loved and respected our home, the Earth, and the flora and fauna that animate it. His entire being reflected his ever-hearty attitude towards nature and the exploration thereof; no object / life form was too small not to be admired and examined. Whether it was leading adult camp field trips, guiding school children in stewardship of local fish bearing streams, organizing North Shore Christmas bird counts, or conducting others through the Old Growth Conservancy on Hollyburn Ridge, he gave much of his time and knowledge helping others to understand the natural world more fully. In short, he was a born “field man”! This past decade, Hugh’s many contributions were roundly applauded when he was honoured by both Nature Vancouver and West Vancouver Municipal Council who bestowed their highest awards on him (Charles & Kay Ney award and Community award, respectively). Please also see the article, “Remembering Hugh Hamilton” by Gordon Squire in Discovery, Volume 48, 2020 page 11-13.

The initial funding of $50,000 for the Hugh Hamilton Memorial scholarships is provided by Gordon and Daphne Squire. Their donation will provide for two scholarships, of $5000 each, per year for the finite period of 5 years. Friends and admirers of Hugh Hamilton are invited to contribute to this fund and thus help ensure that the period for scholarships could be lengthened past the five-year term. 

Tax receipts will be issued for donations of $20 or more. There are three ways to donate to the Hugh Hamilton Memorial Scholarship fund:

  1. Go to DONATIONS page on Nature Vancouver’s website and use the PayPal donate function. Please note the Hugh Hamilton Scholarship in the Notes section on the “Check Out” page.
  2. Send a cheque payable to Nature Vancouver, Attn: Treasurer (with Hugh Hamilton Scholarship noted on the memo line of the cheque). Our mailing address is: PO Box 3021, Stn. Terminal, Vancouver BC V6B 3X5
  3. Donate through Nature Vancouver’s webpage on CanadaHelps and select “Hugh Hamilton Memorial Scholarship” for your donation. Given the fee charged by CanadaHelps, this is NOT recommended unless you are planning to donate securities (stocks, bonds, or mutual funds). Our webpage on CanadaHelps: 

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