Our Debt of Gratitude to our Founders and Supporters
Many St. John’s University alumni and supporters of UBC have played a significant role in the establishment of St. John’s College UBC and its Scholarships and Academic Endowment Fund.
Thank you for the generous support of the following Johannean benefactors who made it possible to establish the following fellowships and scholarships for eligible residents of St. John’s College:
Fellowships have been endowed by family and friends in memory of Charles C.C. Wong for students in the Faculty of Graduate Studies who are residents of St. John's College. Charles C.C. Wong graduated from St. John’s University in 1942 and served as President of St. John’s University Alumni Association Hong Kong from 1994 to 1995. He was a strong supporter and benefactor in the founding of SJC UBC.
Fellowships have been endowed by Sir Quo-Wei for students in the Faculty of Graduate Studies who are residents of St. John's College. Sir Quo-Wei Lee, GBM, CBE, JP, has family roots in Kaiping, Guangdong, China, and was a famous businessman in Hong Kong. He served as the Executive Chairman of Hang Seng Bank and the Chancellor of Hang Seng School of Commerce. Lee was created Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1977, and made a Knight Bachelor in 1988. He was awarded a Grand Bauhinia Medal in 1997.
Fellowships have been endowed in honour of Reginald and Annie Van, founders of Kelly International Corporation Ltd. Kelly Group was founded in 1965, a privately held business entity headquartered in Taiwan that started with decorative home accessory export trading under the name Kelly International Corporation. Today, it has grown to a multinational group operating in six countries.
Fellowships have been endowed in honour of George Shen. Dr. Shen graduated from St. John’s University in 1949. He is the Chief Editor Emeritus of the Hong Kong Economic Journal, and worked closely with Robert C.F. Ho to establish SJC at UBC.
A scholarship has been endowed by Anita K.F. Li and family in memory of her husband, Li Pai Lin, who was an alumnus of St. John's University in Shanghai. Li Pai Lin was born in Canton, China, in 1930. He received his education at St. John’s University in Shanghai and the University of Hong Kong. He began his career in Hong Kong at the department of Public Works, served as Chief Building Inspector for the City of Calgary during Calgary’s boom years, and later formed his own building and structural engineering consulting practice.
A scholarship has been established in loving memory of Holia Hsing Chow (1922-2011), Alumna of St. John's University Shanghai, and beloved mother, grandmother and friend.
Other Ways to Support St. John’s College
The St. John’s College Student Emergency Fund was established in honour of the commitment and friendship that are central to the St. John’s experience by creating a way to support those who may need a bit of extra help to complete their education.
In honour of St. John’s College 15th anniversary in 2012, the St. John’s College Alumni Legacy Fund was been established to support the vitality of the community life for the residents – including talks, forums, special meals, community events, discussions and debates and communal celebrations.
How to Donate
There are many ways in which St. John’s alumni and friends can support St. John’s College UBC and enjoy charitable tax benefits. This includes friends outside Canada giving through the Johanneans’ Educational Foundations in Hong Kong and in Canada, as well as through the UBC Foundation and the American Foundation for UBC. Through these foundations, donors may receive tax receipts which can be used against source income in Canada, Hong Kong or the United States.
For More Information
For information on how you can support St. John’s College, please contact Joanna Yang, joanna.yang(at)ubc.ca
Our sincerest thanks to all our donors and supporters! You are a most valued part of the St. John’s family.