Shaughn & Sharon Clements
SFU’s Biological Sciences department is pleased to announce the Shaughn & Sharon Clements Biological Sciences Field Trip Grant, to support students that would benefit most from participating in Biological Sciences field trips or field schools. When matched with funds from Biological Sciences, the award will help pay the additional fees associated with field courses such as those offered at the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre on Vancouver Island. In 2014, two students will each receive a $700 Grant.
In April 2013, the Clements also established the Sharon Clements Biological Sciences Award. This award provides additional funding to graduate students enrolled in the Department of Biological Sciences, with preference going to those enrolled in the Master of Pest Management Program. The Clements also have established the following: the Shaughn Clements Biological Sciences Graduate Award Endowment Fund, the Shaughn and Sharon Clements Earth Field Trip Endowment Fund and the Philip & Marian McClelland Memorial Endowment Fund.
Shaughn and Sharon have been deeply involved with SFU since receiving their undergraduate training in the 1960s.
Sharon Clements was born in Calgary, and moved to New Westminster in 1952. A charter student at SFU, Sharon graduated with a BSc in 1969 and an MSc in 1974. Sharon worked for Agriculture and Agri-food Canada from 1972 until her retirement in 1997. She returned to SFU to enroll in the Geography department’s Spatial Information Systems and received her diploma in 2000.
Shaughn Clements was born in England and immigrated to Canada in 1946. Shaughn began his studies at SFU in 1966 and graduated with a BSc in 1971. After graduation Shaughn accepted a position at SFU’s Financial Services where he worked until 2000, when he took early retirement due to health concerns.
Shaughn and Sharon met at SFU, and are enthusiastic members of the SFU community. Through their generosity, students in the Biological Sciences Department are able to enrich their education and reduce their financial obligations. Biological Sciences department chair Dr. Elizabeth Elle says, “Shaughn and Sharon are so incredibly generous, and their donations will make a huge difference to students in Biology. The Field Trip Grant is terribly exciting because the increased costs associated with our fantastic field courses at Bamfield prevent some students from applying to go—even though we know that taking these courses can change their lives!”
Elle says, “The Clements’, as alumni, are so thoughtful about what is challenging to students at SFU; they want their donations to help those who would benefit most, not necessarily those with the highest grades. That alumni perspective is invaluable, and their generosity is going to increase access to field courses in a very important way, starting with two students this year and hopefully growing to more as we grow the fund.”