Family dedicates AIT annual scholarship and prize in memory of former President Banks

The family of late Prof. Robert B. Banks has announced the creation of a new annual Master’s scholarship and a prize in memory of the late AIT President. Prof. Robert B. Banks was AIT’s third President, having served from 1977 to 1983.

The new annual “Robert B. Banks Scholarship” will be open to all Master’s candidates, regardless of their field of study, nationality or gender. Candidates with a high academic performance in their Bachelor’s studies and having cleared AIT’s admission requirements will be eligible for the scholarship.

The new annual “Robert and Gunta Banks Prize,” which supersedes the previous Robert Banks Prize, is a cash

Mr Erik Banks

Mr Erik Banks

award of US $500 for students of Environmental Engineering and Management (EEM) at AIT’s School of Environment, Resources and Development (SERD). 

Announcing the two new, perpetual academic grants in honor of late Prof. Robert B. Banks, his youngest son, Mr. Erik Banks, noted that AIT was the pinnacle of his father’s career. “He cared deeply for the Institute, its faculty and staff, and its student body and he was proud of AIT’s central role in preparing students to promote progress throughout the region,” he remarked.  These grants are intended to promote continued academic excellence and support AIT’s leading role in regional progress, both of which were immensely important to Dr. Banks. “We believe that these grants are an appropriate way to help advance that mission in the 21st century,” Mr. Erik Banks added.

Describing the role of Prof. Banks, AIT President Prof. Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai stated that “The journey of Prof. Banks from the US to Thailand was in many ways the story of AIT.” “He was among the pioneering academicians who came from the United States, traversed the entire globe, and brought  expertise to help establish AIT as the premier postgraduate institute in the region. During his presidency, AIT enhanced its international roles by attracting a large number of donor countries, particularly from Europe, as well as Canada. “This laid a solid foundation for the long period of growth and stability of AIT in the late 70’s and 80’s,” Prof. Worsak added.