The Prince Scholarship, now known as the Gordon Earle Scholarship, was originally created in 1959 in recognition of the pre-eminence in the spheres of education and community leadership of Dr. S.H. Prince, DCL ’55. Reestablished by the university in 2018, the scholarship is available to an African Nova Scotian student entering the Foundation Year Program at the University of King’s College and who will be pursuing a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Journalism (Honours) or Bachelor of Music.
Dr. Samuel Prince (1886-1960) was an Anglican priest, pioneering sociologist, King’s professor and builder of the social welfare state, in Nova Scotia and Canada, who played a leading role in founding the Maritime School of Social Work at Dalhousie University. He joined St. Paul’s Parish in Halifax in 1911 and was Curate there at the time of the Halifax Explosion in 1917. He contributed to Halifax Explosion relief efforts and pursued scholarship in catastrophe and social change, completing his Ph.D. (sociology) thesis at Columbia University in 1920 on the this topic. Prince’s appointment in 1924 as a professor of Divinity and as the first professor of sociology in the Dalhousie-King’s Faculty of Arts and Science had a profound effect upon the College and its future.
To learn more about Samuel Prince, read Dr. Henry Roper’s address.