Western renames six history scholarships created by white supremacist

Western University has renamed six history scholarships that were created with a $1M donation from the estate of emeritus professor Kenneth Hilborn. Hilborn taught history at Western from 1961 to 1997; his estate funded the creation of six scholarships at the university. After going to court in 2022, Western received a judge’s approval to remove Hilborn’s name from the scholarships in August 2023. Three awards were renamed and three were cancelled, with the money then going to establish the Equity and Diversity Graduate Student Recruitment Award in History. While Western’s website still reportedly includes Hilborn as the donor, each scholarship includes a note saying that “this award supports a diverse and inclusive graduate student community” as a way “to acknowledge and respond to the harmful impact of his published work.”