February 16, 2024 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn

Thanks to the generosity of Dr. Thomas Tieku, King’s students enrolled in a Politics and International Relations (PIR) experiential learning course can apply for a $1,000 bursary. The new Tieku-Boadi Award for Experiential Learning was approved at the King’s College Council meeting on February 14, 2024. Students can be domestic or international, and enrolled full or part time at King’s.

Dr. Tieku, a Professor in the Department of Politics and International Relations, created this award to reflect his strong belief in the pedagogical value of experiential learning. The award is named for and in honour and recognition of his father, Nana Kwasi Tieku, and father-in-law, Benjamin Boadi. Students must submit an application that includes 250 words articulating their passion for lifelong learning, giving back to society and commitment to make Canada and the rest of the world more equitable. The funds are to support costs related to experiential learning opportunities available through Politics and International Relations.

“My wife, Pat, and I, who came to Canada as international students and benefited from scholarships, are thrilled to be able to create this award in perpetuity for King’s students,” says Dr. Tieku. “It gives us the opportunity to honour our parents and our culture best captured by an African proverb that says that when someone helps you to grow your teeth you must help them while they lose theirs. We have benefited from the generosity of other Canadians, and it is our turn to return the favour in kind and in cash.”

Dr. Tieku is one of the King’s professors who leads the experiential learning POL3408F: Ghana Field Course, one of three experiential learning courses in the PIR department. The application deadline for the new award is March 30, 2024; application details are on King’s Scholarships, Awards and Bursaries page.