Adler University’s Vancouver Campus created its first endowed scholarship thanks to a generous gift from Dr. David Kirkpatrick in memory of his late wife, Dr. Clair Ladner Hawes.
The Dr. Clair Ladner Hawes Memorial Scholarship will be dedicated to students in the second year of their Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology or Master of Counselling Psychology programs. Eligible students must demonstrate a commitment to Dr. Hawes’s special interests of one-on-one counselling, couples counselling, family therapy, or post-traumatic stress disorder treatment.
“I look forward to sharing Clair’s qualities with Adler University through this scholarship,” Dr. Kirkpatrick said. “Along with her family, friends and clients, I shall remember Clair with a heartfelt mixture of warmth, love, and deepest respect. If life is an admixture of giving and taking, Clair balanced those two sides of the human condition with exquisite judgment, calm, and equanimity. She embodied tough love.”
Dr. Hawes was an adjunct faculty member in the counselling program on the Vancouver Campus. She was also active in Adlerian circles as a Diplomate for the North American Society of Adlerian Psychology, teaching at the International Committee of Adlerian Summer Schools and Institutes, and was a cofounder of the Adlerian Training Institute.
Funding scholarships is a key priority of Adler University. Scholarships create opportunities to study at the University for economically and ethnically diverse students, many of whom are eager to advance social justice in underrepresented communities.
“This extraordinary investment in our students not only offers financial support where it is needed most but also honors the memory of Dr. Clair Hawes, a much loved and respected member of Adler University’s family,” said Bradley O’Hara, Ph.D., Executive Dean of the Vancouver Campus. “I am delighted to know that future generations will benefit from her passion for Adlerian psychology.”