Significant donation boosts Len Evans scholarship

January 8, 2016

Len Evans speaks at the Brandon University Fall Convocation in 1975. (Photo courtesy S.J. McKee Archives, Brandon University (BUPC 1.1.327))

A $10,000 donation gives the Len Evans scholarship at Brandon University (BU) a significant kickstart.

As part of a provincial post-secondary funding announcement yesterday afternoon, the Government of Manitoba announced a $10,000 pledge to a scholarship fund set up in Len Evans’ name at BU.

Evans, a 30-year MLA for Brandon East, who was also a former faculty member in the Department of Economics and a member of the University’s Board of Governors, passed away last Saturday at the age of 86.

“Len Evans was an important member of the BU community,” said BU President Gervan Fearon. “His contributions and efforts on behalf of the University and City will be much missed, and the government’s support of a scholarship in his name is welcomed across the entire campus.”

The scholarship fund was set up at the request of Evans’ family. Brandon University also flew the Canadian flag in front of Clark Hall at half-mast in his honour.

Members of the Evans family expressed their profound gratitude for the government’s generous contribution.

“We are so pleased that deserving students will be helped to pursue their studies at Brandon University through the scholarship fund. It carries on the spirit of generosity that was so important to our father,” they said in a statement. “We are humbled and grateful for the honour bestowed upon our father by the Province of Manitoba. Dad would have been deeply moved.”

Donations for the Len Evans scholarship fund are being accepted in the Institutional Advancement office on the main floor of Clark Hall at the University. Donations can also be mailed, with cheques made payable to “Brandon University Foundation” and sent to the Foundation at 270–18th Street, Brandon MB, R7A 6A9. Donations via credit card can also be made online at or by telephone at 1-877-BU-2-GIVE.

For more information, please contact:

Shawna English
Development Officer

Grant Hamilton
Marketing Communications Officer