Grace and Harry Hickman Scholarship

Dr. W. Harry Hickman (1909 - 1997) began his teaching career at Victoria High School in 1932 before shifting his attention to post-secondary education. Hickman became president of UVic's predecessor Victoria College and was the first acting president of UVic upon its creation in 1963. A strong believer in art and culture, Hickman founded the university art collection. He was appointed an honorary consul of France after receiving his master's and PhD from the Sorbonne. A lover of languages, he was the head of UVic's modern languages and French departments before his retirement in 1974.

In retirement, Hickman continued to support the university as honorary president of the UVic Alumni Association Board and the Victoria College Craigdarroch Castle Alumni Association, and by endowing student scholarships in his and his wife’s names.

His daughter, Janice Sargent, who was taught by her father while she was a student at Victoria College, said of her father, "His first love was teaching. When he retired, a UVic colleague asked what he'd keep from his days as a teacher and he said, ‘only my class lists.' The students were very important to him.” 

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