2014 TST Board of Trustees Scholarships and Awards

Margaret E. Fleck Scholarship
Established in honour of the Rev. Margaret E. Fleck, an Anglican priest and graduate of Trinity College. The scholarship is awarded for academic excellence and demonstrated capacity to communicate effectively to the broader community.

Awarded to:

Jamie Hussain, BTh (Master’s College and Seminary, Peterborough), MTS (McMaster Divinity College). Jamie is a ThD candidate in Pastoral Theology registered through Wycliffe College, with a particular research interest in the Scriptural understanding of issues relating to people with disabilities. Since 2002 he has served on the staff of Christian Horizons, a non-profit, faith-based charitable organization serving persons with developmental disabilities. (His work there has been very part-time since beginning his doctoral studies.) His capacity to communicate to wider constituencies has been demonstrated by his various work as a youth pastor, teacher of adult bible study, and congregational minister, as well as his communication functions for Christian Horizons.

Gordon Farquharson Scholarship
Established in honour of Gordon Farquharson, who assisted in the incorporation of TST in 1965–1970, and also in the incorporation of its predecessor organization. The scholarship is made possible by an endowment contributed by The Ralph M. Barford Foundation. The scholarship is awarded annually to a doctoral student on the basis of academic excellence.

Awarded to:

Ian J. Vaillancourt, BTh (Tyndale University College), MTS (Tyndale Seminary). Ian is a ThD student in Old Testament registered through Wycliffe College.  His research focus is the Hebrew Psalter, especially its canonical shape and understanding of the Messiah. Before entering doctoral studies, Ian served as the Senior Pastor of Binbrook Baptist Church in a suburb of Hamilton, Ontario.

C. Douglas Jay Scholarship in Theological Ethics
Established by the Board of Trustees in 1981 in honour of the founding Director of TST, Professor C. Douglas Jay. The award is available to an advanced degree student working in the area of Christian social ethics.

Awarded to:

Michael Ross, BA (King’s University College, University of Western Ontario), MA Theology (University of St. Michael’s College). Michael is a PhD student at St. Michael’s College in Theological Ethics. His research focus is eco-theology and sexual ethics.

Order of St. Lazarus Bursary
Established in 1994 through a gift from the Military and Hospitaller Order of St. Lazarus of Jerusalem.  An additional gift generously made by the Order has been supplemented by matching funds from the Ontario Trust for student Support (OTSS). The bursary is awarded to an advanced degree student working in the area of ecumenism.

Awarded to:

Rachel Knight-Messenger, BA (King’s University College, University of Western Ontario), MTS (Wycliffe College). Rachel is a PhD student in Systematic Theology registered through the University of Saint Michael's College. She is also a member of the Elliott Allen Institute for Theology and Ecology. Rachel is developing an approach to ecological theology by incorporating the voices of many Christian mystics and saints from various Christian traditions. Her ecumenical commitments are also evident in her participation in interfaith discussions and in her current research at the Tantur Ecumenical Institute in Jerusalem.

Marjorie Watson Powles Award
Established in honour of Dr. Marjorie Watson Powles to recognize her contribution to the lives and work of women active in the church. The award is available to a female TST student who actively engages in community and congregational life, demonstrates academic excellence, and brings a feminist perspective to her study of theology.

Awarded to:

Catherine Cavanagh, BA, BEd, MTS (Queen’s University). Catherine is a student in the Doctor of Ministry program, registered at Regis College. Her primary research interest is issues of justice and identity. Her ministry base is St. Mary’s High School, Brockville, Ontario, where she is chaplain. She is the author of the booklet “Women Priests: Answering the Call” (Butternut Publishing 2010).

The John M. Kelly Award
Established in honour of Father John Kelly, former President of St. Michael’s and a TST Board member. This award is available to TST students based on the quality and significance of service to TST and academic excellence.

Jointly awarded to:

Michael Buttrey, BSc (University of Alberta), MA (Regent College). Michael is a ThD student at Regis College specializing in Christian Ethics. Michael is the outgoing president of the Advanced Degree Students Association of TST, where he has given exemplary leadership.

Matthew Eaton, MATS (Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary). Matthew is a PhD Theology student at the University of St. Michael’s College.  Matthew was the principal leader in designing and managing a highly successful one-day TST-wide academic conference on March 14, 2014. His work included a successful application to the TST for financial support from the Reynolds Fund.

Ontario Student Opportunity Trust Fund (OSOTF) Bursaries

Jointly awarded to:

David Csinos
, BA (Wilfrid Laurier University), MTS (McMaster University), ThM (Union Presbyterian Seminary). David is a ThD student in the Pastoral Department at Emmanual College with a research focus in childhood studies and religion.

Hyun Kee Na, MDiv (Hanshin University, Seoul), MTS (Emmanuel College). Hyun Kee Na is a PhD student in the Historical Department registered through Emmanuel College, writing a dissertation about the significance of radical poverty reflected in John Cassian’s (c.360-435) ascetic writings.

Lorraine HillBA Hons (York University, Glendon College), MDiv (Emmanuel College). Lorraine is a ThD student in the Pastoral Department registered through Emmanuel College, with a focus on Christian spriritual discipline and how the arts can be used within the church as a complement or alternative to preaching and prayer.

Charles Gundy Bursary
An award from the income of an endowment funded by the late Charles Gundy, currently used to support a student in the Doctor of Ministry program.

Awarded to:

Haynes Hubbard, BA (University of King’s College, Halifax), MDiv (Wycliffe College). Haynes is a DMin student at Wycliffe College working on "Hope in the Darkness". An examination of God’s determination not to remain unheard as we experience the banality of evil.


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