Volume 94, Issue 52

Thursday, November 30, 2000


New fund opens door for Western

York strike turns ugly

Law faculty boosted with new scholarship program

Alliance faces problem of uniting the right

Campus Briefs

New bill aims to seize mob profits

Law faculty boosted with new scholarship program

Anne Sagar
Gazette Staff

Western's faculty of law is now home to the single largest law scholarship in the country.

The Ivan Cleveland Rand Scholarship, initiated by the law firm Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, will provide $10,000 each year for three years to an incoming law student who shows outstanding academic achievement.

An additional scholarship valued at $5,000 will be awarded to a second-year student entering the tax law program. The firm is also donating $100,000 to renovate a seminar room which will bear the firm's name.

"[This donation] is the realization that lots of interesting things are happening here," explained Ian Holloway, dean of law. He said the scholarship will be used to attract the best and the brightest students to Western, beginning in 2001.

Holloway said the scholarship is named after Ivan Cleveland Rand, a retired Supreme Court justice, whose achievements are recognized internationally.

Ted Garrard, Western's VP-external affairs, said the news is great for Western as the donation represents the largest single commitment from a law firm in the history of the faculty of law.

He added the funding donation will be put towards the $5.5 million funding target the faculty of law hopes to achieve as part of the $270 million Campaign Western initiative.

"By creating the Ivan Cleveland Rand Scholarship, we now have the single largest scholarship available at a law school in Canada," he added.

Eleni Kassaris, a third-year Western law student, said the scholarship comes as no surprise. "The firm recognizes that they have to invest in students. It's great."

Ian Sweeny, a spokesperson for Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt, said the firm decided five years ago to donate 2.5 million dollars to various law schools across Canada.

"The scholarship is to encourage excellence in law school. Recruit students to attend and [to keep them there]," he said.

Holloway said while they hope to have the national scholarship available for Sept. 2001, the criteria for awarding the scholarship has not yet been decided.

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt, one of the largest law firms in Canada, specializes in tax and corporate law.

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