(Windsor, ON, October 27, 2021) – A ground-breaking undergraduate scholarship for Indigenous students studying entrepreneurship at the Odette School of Business has been established in honour of local entrepreneur and philanthropist Gregory Anthony “Tony” Howard.
University of Windsor alumni and brothers Mike, Bob, and John Howard approached the University in August to launch Odette’s first endowed Indigenous undergraduate scholarship to honour their late father who was a successful businessman and University of Windsor graduate.
“The new Tony Howard Indigenous Peoples Student Award in Entrepreneurship is a meaningful scholarship that supports our effort towards greater equity, diversity, inclusion and indigenization at the Odette School of Business. This scholarship has helped Odette to embark on our initiative as a business school with a more focused approach on Indigenization and inclusiveness,” said Dr. Mitch Fields, Dean of the Odette School of Business.
Howard’s sons say they are proud to establish the scholarship to honour the life and legacy of their father.
“Our father was a lifetime entrepreneur, perpetual underdog, and eternal optimist, who aimed to show that the seemingly impossible was possible,” said Bob Howard.
“His lifetime of philanthropy and generosity was known by all close to him,” reflected John Howard.
His family says Tony’s love of entrepreneurship and zest for life separated him from the crowd. He was one of the fastest-rising stars within Chrysler Corporation; a highly awarded broker at Manulife; founder of G. Anthony Howard & Associates, and a visionary whose creation of the Canada-based company CANARX -- the first international prescription service provider to introduce and supply a public sector program in the United States -- continues to improve thousands of lives worldwide.
Tony met with US senators Ted Kennedy and Bernie Sanders to advocate for lower-cost medications for all Americans, and was interviewed by Morley Safer on the subject for 60 Minutes. Tony was extremely proud to be named in an article by Fortune magazine which credited him with inspiring a Simpson’s episode called the Midnight RX.
“The Odette School of Business is genuinely grateful to be a part of this tribute to Tony that represents a lasting honour for an extremely accomplished alumnus. We are confident this gesture will inspire others to follow suit,” said Dr. Fields.
“Our father worked tirelessly to fight for those without a voice and built over 16 clean water drinking wells in Ghana for communities in need. With this scholarship, we hope to provide an opportunity to future generations of entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and eternal optimists,” said Mike Howard.
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