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Elizabeth Henry Scholarship Fund for Communities and Environmental Health


Congratulations to Jack Baker, our 2019 scholarship recipient! Read about his work.

About the Scholarship

The Elizabeth Henry Scholarship for Communities and Environmental Health supports graduate students working on research projects in partnership with one or more indigenous and/or non-indigenous British Columbia communities that are addressing air quality, environmental health issues and/or promoting environmental sustainability through cooperative initiatives. 

The Scholarship was created in 2014 with support from the Directors and the staff of the Fraser Basin Council to remember Elizabeth Henry and her many contributions to our organization and to communities across British Columbia. Elizabeth exhibited high ethical standards and integrity in her work, and she was committed to promoting dialogue and respectful collaboration among diverse stakeholders. The intent of the scholarship is to support community projects that reflect these values.

The Elizabeth Henry Scholarship has received contributions from the Fraser Basin Council, British Columbia Clean Air Research (BC CLEAR) Fund and from the many friends, family members and colleagues who wished to remember Elizabeth and her work.

The Vancouver Foundation administers the scholarship fund, and the Elizabeth Henry Scholarship Committee evaluates applications and awards the scholarship.

The Elizabeth Henry Scholarship is a yearly award of $3,000 to a graduate student or students whose proposed research is based in British Columbia.


Eligibility Requirements

Applications for the 2020 scholarship will be accepted from early January 2020 through May 10, 2020.

These are requirements for the Award:

  • The applicant must be a full-time graduate student for at least one semester before being awarded the scholarship
  • The student’s proposed research project must focus on working in partnership with one or more indigenous and/or non-indigenous British Columbia communities that are addressing air quality, environmental health issues and/or promoting environmental sustainability through cooperative initiatives
  • The project must  have well-defined objectives and research methodologies as well as tangible project outcomes that provide direct and ethically sound benefits to the community
  • Preference will be given to significant and innovative projects
  • Preference will be given to projects that directly engage the community,  and where strong community support and buy-in are demonstrated

Application Process

Applicants are required to fill out the Elizabeth Henry Scholarship online application form, including basic contact information, previous experience and a project description.

As an applicant, you will also be asked to upload digital copies of:

  • your undergraduate transcript
  • your transcript of graduate courses to date (if applicable), and
  • two signed letters of reference on official letterhead evaluating your capabilities and/or the significance and feasibility of your research project. One letter should be from your academic supervisor, while the second may be an academic, employer or community partner reference. 

Please note: Each letter of reference is limited to 500 words. As all documents must be submitted online, you may provide a PDF or scan of your transcripts and of the signed letters. It is not necessary to ask your post-secondary institution to submit official transcript

Evaluation Criteria

The Elizabeth Henry Scholarship Committee will evaluate each application based on the following:

  • the applicant’s satisfaction of eligibility requirements
  • the applicant’s academic performance
  • direct  benefits to the community of the proposed research project
  • alignment of the project with the scholarship values: high ethical standards, integrity and promoting dialogue and respectful collaboration among diverse stakeholders
  • preference will be given to significant and innovative projects
  • preference will be given to projects that directly engage the community and where strong community support and buy-in are demonstrated.

The decision of the committee will be final. The Elizabeth Henry Scholarship Committee thanks all applicants for their interest in the scholarship.

About Elizabeth Henry

staff_ehenry.jpgElizabeth was a bright light in our midst. Everyone who knew Elizabeth benefitted from her talent, her insight, and her warm, generous nature. She had a passion for making positive change in the world, and compassion for the people around her. She showed each of us what it means to be a good colleague and friend, and a good person.

Elizabeth was committed to education. She held a B.Sc. in Ecology from the University of Guelph and an M.A. in Adult Education from the University of British Columbia.

Elizabeth excelled at her work. As Program Coordinator of Climate Change and Air Quality at the Fraser Basin Council, Elizabeth was pivotal to the success of many climate change action and adaptations initiatives, and successfully facilitated various multi-interest processes. She coordinated programs to help local governments and First Nations increase their energy efficiency, reduce carbon emissions and adopt transportation demand management strategies. She also oversaw the BC Clean Air Research (BC CLEAR) Fund, which provides grants for research to support air quality in our communities.

Elizabeth loved the outdoors. We knew her to be a determined commuter cyclist who was unfazed by any weather, an avid outdoors enthusiast who loved exploring beautiful places across B.C. and Canada by ski, by bike and on foot, and as a gardener who graciously shared the bounty of her efforts.

Elizabeth made her passions an inspiration. She engaged people in sustainability issues that were important to them and their communities. She had a particular interest in developing relationships with indigenous communities through the process of decolonization, which was a major focus of her Master’s degree. She worked to engage indigenous communities in all areas of her work at FBC, helping to bridge gaps between indigenous and non-indigenous people. In everything she did, she strove to connect with people at the grassroots who were trying to make a difference in their communities.

Elizabeth left us too soon. Despite a brave effort to overcome illness, Elizabeth passed away in the spring of 2014 at the age of 32. The scholarship is one step towards honouring Elizabeth in the way she wished, by supporting her passion for sustainability and her desire to see good work continue.

Our Vision

Social well-being supported by a vibrant economy and sustained by a healthy environment.

About the Fraser Basin Council

The Fraser Basin Council (FBC) is a charitable non-profit organization that brings people together to advance sustainability in the Fraser River Basin and throughout BC. Established in 1997, FBC is a collaboration of four orders of government (federal, provincial, local and First Nations) along with those from the private sector and civil society. We work with people in multiple sectors, helping them find collaborative solutions to today’s issues through a commitment to the social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainability. Our focus is on healthy water and watersheds, action on climate change and air quality and strong, resilient communities and regions.

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Climate Action Toolkit:

Contact Us

FBC has offices in Vancouver, Kamloops, Williams Lake, Quesnel and Prince George. We also have staff located in Abbotsford and Vernon.

To reach us, see FBC Offices and FBC Staff.

Our main office is:

Fraser Basin Council
1st Floor, 470 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 1V5

T: 604 488-5350
F: 604 488-5351