‘I Owe Dal Big Time!’
November 3, 2009
Being good at academics is only one component of a successful university experience, according to Vince Ginley (BComm ’50). “I thought I knew everything in the world before I went to Dalhousie,” he writes in his gift agreement pledging financial support to Dalhousie’s College of Sustainability. “Dalhousie straightened me out.”
A strong student, the Amherst native nonetheless faced several challenges during his days at Dal as he endeavoured to juggle several roles as husband, father and student. The supports he received from Dalhousie enabled him to successfully complete his degree and launch a successful career, first in the Royal Canadian Air Force and later as finance director of the Department of Indian Affairs, where he remained until his retirement in 1979. “I owe Dal big time,” he writes.
By way of giving back, Mr. Ginley has established an endowment to provide one or more annual scholarships for third- and/or fourth-year students enrolled in the Environment, Sustainability and Society (ESS) undergraduate program of the College of Sustainability. ESS offers students an opportunity to stretch themselves beyond the boundaries of a regular academic course of study, enabling them to combine sustainability studies with their academic or professional discipline of choice.
The Vince Ginley Scholarship Fund was created with a gift of $100,000 on November 3, 2009. The first scholarships are expected to be awarded in the 2012-2013 academic year.