Nurturing Dreams

June Scott
Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 9:50am
Christine Ward

This story originally appeared in the Fall 2013 issue of the U of T Mississauga Magazine.

JUNE SCOTT’S U OF T roots run deep. So deep, in fact, that she can be forgiven for slipping up every once in a while and calling U of T Mississauga by its founding name, Erindale College.

The 89-year-old’s affair with U of T’s westernmost campus began in 1968, a year after it was established, when she was hired as a tutor in the Department of Mathematics. Only the second woman in the department, Scott remembers sharing a “little office underneath the stairs” with fellow lecturer Doris Geddes. Over the next 26 years, she taught math and eventually statistics to second-year students. Every step of her journey confirmed the belief she’s held since a child growing up in England—that education makes anything possible.

“We were all about education from the word ‘go’,” Scott says of her family, including late husband David, a professional engineer. Together, the couple has three children and six grandchildren, all of whom have graduated or are attending university. Son Ian and daughters Fran and Jane are U of T graduates and Fran is a faculty member in the Mississauga Academy of Medicine.

Seeing her daughter follow in her footsteps at U of T Mississauga got Scott thinking about making the same education opportunities available to others. She created two endowed funds, both as a lasting legacy to her husband, who passed away in 2012. The David Scott Bursary supports a U of T Mississauga undergraduate student in financial need. The June and David Scott Fellowship will be awarded annually to a psychology PhD candidate pursuing research in the field of child development.

“Every accomplishment in life is due to education,” Scott declares. “That’s the big thing in our family and I want to make it possible for others. We should all have the chance to pursue our dreams, to study hard and not worry about how to make it happen.”