It's time to give back: Alum establishes geology bursary



   Kevin Gibson is happy to reconnect to the U of C.

With three children pursuing post-secondary education, it might seem like a strange time for Kevin Gibson to establish an award for other students.

Gibson’s oldest daughter graduated from the University of Calgary this spring with her master’s in architecture; his youngest daughter is attending the Alberta College of Art and Design; and his son is pursuing an economics degree at DartmouthCollege in New Hampshire.

Yet Gibson recently gave $100,000 to establish the Gibson Family Bursary in Petroleum Geology Endowment.  

A visit to his son’s school motivated him to start thinking about supporting post-secondary education.

“My son is in New Hampshire on a hockey scholarship and I was blown away by how much money the Ivy League schools have,” says Gibson. “I guess they’ve had a lot more time to put the money together.”

Gibson received his degree in geology from the U of C in 1976 and remembers his time here well, so giving back seemed a logical choice.

“I remember the U of C being a lot of fun. It’s a time in your life when you have new freedom and the whole world opens up. It’s a lot of hard work, but it goes by very quickly,” says Gibson. “I made some lifelong friends and had some very good professors.”

Gibson originally started an annual bursary in 2005, through Innova Exploration where he was president and CEO. But he had a feeling that wouldn’t be all he’d do. “I had it in my mind that eventually the award would turn into an endowment. When we sold Innova, I knew it was time,” says Gibson.

Like many others, Gibson worked part-time during his years at the U of C. But he knows this is difficult. He and his wife have been able to support their kids in their post-secondary education and now are happy to support others.

“We wanted to give someone else the chance – so they don’t have to work and pursue post-secondary education,” says Gibson. “I’m now fortunate enough to be in a position to provide a bursary like this. I’ve been successful in my career thanks to my education at the U of C – and some good luck

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