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Engineering a better future for McGill students

October 16, 2012

Hatch has created a new scholarship, benefitting exceptional students in the Faculty of Engineering at McGill University, in Montréal, Québec, Canada.

The program, established with a C$2 million donation from Dr. Gerald Hatch, supports top-tier students who have completed at least one year of a Bachelor of Engineering degree and who are contributing to campus life at McGill.

Selina Liu, a third-year student, and a native of China who moved to Canada when she was 12, is the inaugural recipient. While pursuing a chemical engineering degree with a minor in environmental engineering, she has served on both the Chemical Engineering Student Council and the Engineering Undergraduate Society, governing student bodies that coordinate student interests.

She is also the finance coordinator for the McGill Farmers’ Market, which promotes sustainable food and agriculture at the University and in Montréal, and volunteers with Greenpeace McGill, which raises public awareness about global environmental issues.

“Receiving the Hatch Scholarship is great recognition and proves that all my hard work is worth it,” Liu says. “This award doesn’t just motivate me to stay involved – it pushes me to do more.”

“Students are our Faculty’s greatest asset,” adds Interim Dean of Engineering Andrew Kirk. “Only the best are accepted, and because of that we have a particular responsibility to ensure that these exceptional young men and women have the support they need to reach their full potential. Donors like Dr. Hatch play an invaluable role in that process.”

Dr. Hatch has a long history of supporting his alma mater. He donated C$3 million in 2008 to create the Hatch Fellowships in Engineering to support top graduate students, as well as the Hatch Faculty Fellows in Engineering to recognize outstanding professors whose work has “potential for collaborative, interdisciplinary research.”

He is also an Emeritus Member of the McGill Engineering Faculty Advisory Board, a member of both the Order of Canada and the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame, and he has received two honorary degrees. He holds a doctorate from MIT.

“Supporting post-secondary education is one of the cornerstones of Hatch’s commitment to the communities in which we work and live,” says Rob Metka, a member of Hatch’s board of directors and leader of the company’s operations in Quebec. “We’re proud of our ongoing involvement with the university and we congratulate Selina as she receives the inaugural Hatch Scholarship.”

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