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Eric Hamber Secondary School Scholarships


We are proud and honoured that our school, which was officially opened on December 5, 1962, is named after an exemplary Canadian, the Honourable Eric Werge Hamber, BC's 15th Lieutenant Governor. Born in 1879 in Winnipeg, Hamber came to Vancouver in 1907 where he became a respected business person heading up the BC Mills Timber & Trading Company and serving as Chancellor of the University of British Columbia. Eric Hamber died in 1960 but his outstanding leadership and achievement in academics, sports and service to community serve as a worthy and enduring model for students.

Our school colours (maroon and blue) were the competitive racing colours for Eric Hamber's race horses.

Eric Hamber Secondary School's motto in Latin, "Respice, Aspice, Prospice", means:

"Look to the past, Look to the present, Look to the future"

With your donation to one or more of the Eric Hamber Scholarship funds, you are helping encourage students to participate in all aspects of school life and to strive for excellence in academic achievement, leadership, service, athletics, and fine arts.

For questions about this fund or Vancouver Foundation, please email Camille Wong or call

Eric Hamber Secondary School Awards and Scholarship Fund 5025 Willow Street Vancouver BC V5Z 3S1

  • To properly recognize all donors for their contributions, Vancouver Foundation will share your name and donation amount with the fund advisor unless you have checked the anonymous box on the donation form.
  • Donations to these funds will support the charity’s general charitable purposes. Statements about the fund’s purpose or how donations will be applied are reflective of the charity’s current intent and are subject to change.
  • All donations to these funds will be permanently endowed.
Funds: 
Eric Hamber Secondary School Scholarship Fund

Choose this option if you want your donation to be directed to the general fund which provides scholarships for academics, service, and citizenship.

Aldyen Hamber Scholarship Fund

Choose this option if you want your donation to be directed to the fund established by Aldyen Hamber (wife of Eric Hamber) which provides scholarships to the male and female students who have made the most outstanding contributions to the school in leadership and citizenship, while maintaining excellent academic achievement.

Whittaker Scholarship Fund

Choose this option if you want your donation to be directed to the fund established by former Eric Hamber teacher, Frank Whittaker, whose generosity has provided for scholarships to support the top academic students.

Maria Hettinger Memorial Awards Fund

Choose this option if you want your donation to be directed to the fund established in the memory of former Eric Hamber teacher, Maria Hettinger.  This scholarship is awarded to a deserving student who demonstrates qualities of hard work and perseverance.

Eric Hamber Secondary School - Nora McDermott Memorial Scholarship Fund

Choose this option if you want your donation to be directed to the fund established in the memory of Nora McDermott, Physical Education Teacher, Coach, and the Physical Education Department Head at Eric Hamber from its opening in 1962 until her retirement in 1987.  Nora is an inductee to the BC Sports Hall of Fame, Canadian Basketball Sports Hall of Fame, and the UBC Sports Hall of Fame. Scholarships from this fund are awarded to female athletes who demonstrate the excellent personal and athletic qualities admired and portrayed by Nora.

Eric Hamber Secondary School Griffin Scholarship Fund

Choose this option if you want your donation to be directed to the fund which provides scholarships for the top all-round graduating students.