04 May 2010

Scholarships honour memory of former Vice-Chancellor

Bob Boucher Scholarship students

Talented students at the University of Sheffield were celebrating last weekend (Sunday 25 April 2010) after being awarded nearly £150,000 worth of scholarships in memory of the University’s former Vice-Chancellor, Professor Bob Boucher, who passed away in March last year.

46 talented students received the gifts, which included 26 scholarships in all five Faculties. Donations to the Bob Boucher Scholarships Campaign received over £85,000 in donations from former students, staff, and friends from all around the world.

A special reception was held at the University, at which students were presented with their scholarship awards worth £3,000 each. It was attended by almost 200 students, staff, alumni and friends, as well as the guests of honour - Professor Boucher’s widow, Mrs Rosemary Boucher, and her children Jeremy, Tim and Justine. The occasion had a special significance for the family as it took place on what would have been Professor Boucher’s 70th birthday.

Professor Boucher’s association with Sheffield spanned nearly 40 years. He made a tremendous contribution to the success of the University and the city, not only through his role as Vice-Chancellor, but also through his involvement with initiatives such as Yorkshire Forward, and through his support of many local charities such as the Bluebell Wood Hospice – including running several half and full marathons to raise funds for them. He was awarded a CBE in 2000 for his services to higher education and to the engineering profession.

Miles Stevenson, Director of Development at the University of Sheffield, said: “Professor Boucher had a passionate belief in helping young people to improve their lives through higher education. He always said that supporting education was “a very noble cause” and always took every opportunity to personally promote and support the University’s scholarships fundraising programme. We are delighted to be able to honour his memory, and the contribution he made to the University and the city, through the Bob Boucher Scholarships.”