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New student award celebrates SAIT’s oldest known alumnus

A SAIT scholarship was created in honour of 103-year-old Clarence Hollingworth, SAIT's oldest known alumnus.

What do you get SAIT's oldest known alumnus for his 103rd birthday?

For starters, a high-tech, SAIT branded metal cribbage board, machined by staff and students in our state of the art metal machine shop. That's the first gift. The second is the Clarence Hollingworth Scholarship created in honour of the big birthday.

Presentations of both gifts were made last month when SAIT invited Clarence Hollingworth to campus for a small party to celebrate his 103rd birthday. Guests included President and CEO, Dr. David Ross, and Jim Szautner, Dean of the School of Manufacturing and Automation.

Hollingworth says he's proud of the award.

"I hope to meet the students who will receive it in the coming years. I plan to make it at least to 111."

Clarence Hollingworth receives honourary degree at SAIT

The alumnus became well known to the SAIT community during the 2016 centennial celebrations after organizers uncovered his nearly 100-year-long relationship with the Institute.

As a six-year-old child, Hollingworth witnessed the laying of the cornerstone for the main building of the Provincial Institute of Technology and Art (PITA), which is now SAIT's Heritage Hall. SAIT continued to play an important role in Hollingworth's life many times over the decades. He enrolled as a student in 1933 and was hired as an instructor in the Electrical department in 1952, where he taught for almost three decades.

During his centennial birthday year in 2015, Hollingworth was recognized with an honorary Bachelor of Science degree at SAIT's spring convocation. In his acceptance speech, Hollingworth told students SAIT always had a big place in his heart. 

His message: "May each of you enjoy your career as much as I did in my 28 years teaching at SAIT."

This scholarship in Hollingworth's name will continue to contribute to the success of our students, providing $1,000 to help a deserving pre-employment electrician student achieve an education at SAIT.

Contribute to the Clarence Hollingworth Scholarship.

Written by Eric Rosenbaum

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