A new $20,000 scholarship has been set up for Master of Digital Media students in honour of the late Pat Hibbitts, Simon Fraser University’s former Vice President of Finance and Administration and founding Board member of the Great Northern Way Trust.
Pat Hibbitts passed away unexpectedly this past June. To recognize the support and leadership she provided in her role both with SFU and the Great Northern Way Trust, the Board of the Trust approved the creation of this very special scholarship.
The scholarship will be awarded annually to an incoming female student into the Master of Digital Media program who is choosing to undergo a career change from a non digital media-related field into digital media. The award recognizes the change in Pat Hibbitts’ career from finance to educational leadership.
Pat was a founding member of the Great Northern Way Trust Board of Directors when the campus land was donated from Finning International back in 2001. She believed strongly in the Master of Digital Media Program and was an active supporter of our new model of inter-collegial and industry collaboration.
"Pat Hibbitts made such a significant impact on the mission, vision, and achievements of Great Northern way right from the very beginning. We hope that this scholarship will recognize this potential in women changing careers, as she did,"
said Morgan Sturdy, Chair of GNW Trust.
Hibbitts had a long and exciting career. Before she joined SFU in 2001, she was Vice President of Business and Finance at the University of Northern British Columbia, becoming the first woman in Western Canada to be appointed as Vice President of Finance at a university.
Hibbitts decided to pursue a doctorate in Educational Leadership at SFU and she graduated with an EdD in 2009. She then became an affiliated scholar with the Centre for Studies in Educational Leadership and Policy in SFU’s Faculty of Education.
Pat was the recipient of numerous awards throughout her career including the 2013 Ken Clements Distinguished Administrator Award, the 2012 CAUBO Outstanding Contribution Award, the 2011 Association of Women in Finance – Excellence in the Public Sector Award and the 2005 Vancouver YWCA Women of Distinction Award.