The Emil Skarin Fund was created in March 1976 from a donation by Mrs. Ada Skarin in memory of her late husband Emil Richard Skarin.
Mr. Skarin came to Canada from Sweden in 1902 and began his studies at the University of Alberta in 1913. He was an excellent student and became a successful businessman, becoming the president of the Crown Paving Company, where he served from 1919 to 1959. Skarin served as Swedish consul in Edmonton in 1942 and became president of Alberta Concrete Products until he retired in 1964.
Preferred objectives noted in the donation of the fund included projects having an interest or value to the public as well as value to the University of Alberta, with an emphasis on the arts and humanities. The donor also expressed an interest in projects that the University of Alberta would not normally undertake without assistance from the Emil Skarin Fund.
Applications to the University of Alberta Senate’s Emil Skarin Fund are now closed.
We will be opening a new competition in 2019.
The Emil Skarin Fund only funds projects every two years and past fund allocations have averaged between $3,000 and $5,000 per project. The Fund is once again accepting applications.
Qualifying projects must:
- be of value to both the public and the University of Alberta;
- be consistent with the general aims and purposes of the University;
- not normally be funded by the University; and
- originate from within Alberta.
Preference will be given to projects that emphasize the humanities and the arts.
Please contact Derek Roy-Brenneis, Senate Director, for more details.