Awarded annually on the recommendation of the Chair of the School of Linguistics and Language Studies (SLaLS) to an outstanding student proceeding from one year to another who is taking a minor in Japanese Studies within SLaLS. Preference will be given to students enrolled in a Bachelor of Science degree. Endowed in 2020 in loving memory of Phil Boland by friends and family to honour his passion for learning.

Phil Boland was a fourth-year student at Carleton University, majoring in bioinformatics with a minor in Japanese. Phil sadly passed away on November 18, 2019 from a sudden cardiac arrest due to a genetic heart condition, catecholamine-induced polymorphic ventricular tachycardia (CPVT).

Phil was incredibly kind, considerate, dependable, generous, bright, and loved by everyone who knew him. He had a number of varied interests that he was always excited to talk about, such as Japanese language and culture, mycology, tea, cooking curry and curling (to name a few). He loved animals (especially his dog, Moe), video games and higher education. He had a natural ability to brighten up everyone’s day and he inspired those around him.

While at Carleton, Phil became a very driven student and spoke a lot about wanting to be gin graduate studies in the future. It’s difficult to fathom that he won’t get the chance to pursue that endeavour.

Phil’s passion and commitment to Japanese language and culture was impressive. He couldn’t wait to visit Japan to immerse himself fully into their way of life. He was encouraged by other students who shared his love for this language and loved to challenge himself as much as he could. Attached is a short clip of his speech “Tasting Japan” at a competition at the Japanese Embassy in March 2019.

His family chose to commemorate Phil in part by establishing this endowed scholarship for undergraduate students who share his passion for, and are studying a minor in Japanese Studies.

Phil would want the recipient of this award to dedicate themselves to mastering their communication skills, apply themselves in classes and participate in events that deepen their connection to this wonderful language. Importantly, he would want the recipient of this award to plan to someday visit Japan, as he never had the chance to.

To hear a brief video of Phil speaking Japanese, please view this link.