Learning through sport
and international experiences

Western students and varsity student-athletes are the beneficiaries of a $4-million gift from alumni Jack, BA’64 and Sharon, BA’64 Cowin supporting two initiatives designed to develop leaders and provide international learning opportunities at Western and Australia’s Bond University.

A $3-million gift through Bond University in Australia created the Jack and Sharon Cowin Scholars Award, a partnership between Bond and Western that encourages student mobility and academic exchange opportunities between the two universities.

Jack, BA’64, LLD’00 and Sharon, BA’64 Cowin 

A $1-million gift established the Jack Cowin/Lone Star Coaching Excellence Fund designed to support Western’s efforts to retain and recruit top-level head or assistant coaches for its varsity teams.

Coaches play an enormous role in developing student-athletes into leaders, both in and outside the classroom. Funding top-tier coaching helps our student-athletes receive the support they need to train at an elite level and bring their personal best to their sport, their future careers and their communities.

Jack and Sharon know this well.

Jack was a member of the Mustangs football and wrestling teams as a student - Sharon was on the varsity swim team.

“My time as a student and athlete at Western taught me valuable lessons in leadership, perseverance, and commitment to excellence,” said Jack Cowin. “My coaches and my experiences around the world have played a significant role in developing the values and skills that have taken me through my life both personally and professionally. Sharon and I are proud to be helping future students, athletes and faculty at Western gain the same opportunities.”

A $3-million gift through Bond University in Australia created the Jack and Sharon Cowin Scholars Award, a partnership between Bond and Western that encourages student mobility and academic exchange opportunities between the two universities.

"Western is committed to providing opportunities to help students become well-rounded, global-minded citizens," said Western's President and Vice-Chancellor Amit Chakma. "We're grateful that this generous gift will allow more Western students and faculty members to gain international experience and perspectives, further enhancing their education and enriching their research."

Western is grateful to the Cowins for their support of various athletic awards, facilities and student projects over many years.

Cowin is the founder and chairman of Competitive Foods Australia Ltd., the largest private company and restaurant franchisor in Australia. He is also a majority shareholder of Lone Star Texas Grill.