Dr. James Hillier was one of Canada’s greatest scientists and inventors. He was the recipient of many honours and awards for his work as an early pioneer in electron microscopy. Dr. Hillier had a Brantford school named in his honour, and along with Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell, was named one of the early inductees into the National Inventors Hall of Fame which is now in Akron, Ohio. For further information, please see the James Hillier biography.
The Scholarship Fund of the James Hillier Foundation is intended to aid specific students in Brant County. Dr. Hillier had said, "I would probably never have gone to university, if it had not been for a scholarship I received upon graduation from Brantford Collegiate Institute." Dr. Hillier was awarded a scholarship to attend the University of Toronto, during the depression in the 1930's and it has been his desire to see others assisted in the same way.