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Energy Conversion CentreThe Energy Conversion Centre is one of the campus buildings partly credited to supporter Kenneth Pickthall.

Gift to fund support for students of business, engineering, and computer science

Kenneth Pickthall helped to build the University of Windsor, and his legacy will continue to support students even after his death in February 2021.

Kenneth PIckthallPickthall’s career with Eastern Construction saw him play a role in the design and building of many campus facilities. The Pickthall Family Memorial Scholarship Trust he established will provide $5,000 annual awards to three full-time undergraduate students: one in each major of business, engineering, and computer science.

His nephew, Douglas Pickthall, remembers his uncle passing on his love for learning to his family.

“My Uncle Kenneth never married, but he was instrumental in affirming the importance and value of higher education that his brother Harry and sister-in-law Irene — my parents — instilled in me and my brothers,” he said.

“He would be so proud to know that the fund will be used to support candidates in their studies.”

The endowment is valued at $400,000.

Provost Patti Weir said the University of Windsor is “absolutely thrilled” at the generosity of Kenneth Pickthall.

“The scholarship he and his family have established will make a difference in the lives of our students for generations to come,” she said.