Financial Support Available to Students
It is each student's responsibility to meet the financial commitments associated with their study at Trinity College. Students are expected to prepare a budget plan for their period of study and give serious consideration to their ability to meet these costs. In addition to personal resources, students should explore other sources of funding including family and spousal contributions, government assistance programs including loans, child care and special needs bursaries, and church and diocesan programs, to meet their commitment.
A. Government Assistance Programs (Grants and Loans)
OSAP (Ontario Student Assistance Program)
Financial support is provided to qualified students who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents and resident in Ontario. This is in the form of a Canada Student Loan and/or an Ontario Student Loan. (Non-residents of Ontario are eligible for Canada Student Loans through their home province.) The amount of loan that may be received is based on calculated financial need. It is recommended that returning students apply for O.S.A.P. assistance by May 31 and that new students apply by June 30. Application forms are available online.
The Bursary for Students with Disabilities, funded by the federal and provincial governments, provides non-repayable assistance of up to $5,000 to full-time and $2,000 to part-time O.S.A.P. recipients who have special educational expenses as the result of a disability. Information and applications are available from the Office of Admissions and Awards, U of T, 315 Bloor Street West, M5S 1A3, Toronto, phone 416-978-2190.
Many studends are eligible for government loans. Some may not wish to incur academic debt or increase the debt they already have. Although Trinity does not force any student to take such loans, we ask that students find out what is available for them from these sources.
SSHRCC Doctoral Fellowship
(Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada)
Qualified advanced degree students (MA, ThM, ThD, and PhD) are urged to apply for SSHRCC Scholarships. Financial support is available to Canadian citizens and permanent residents based on academic standing and letters of recommendation. Application forms are available in early fall from the SSHRCC website and are submitted to the TST Advanced Degree Office, normally no later than the beginning of October for doctoral students, and some time in November for Master's students.
Ontario Graduate Scholarships
Students in the ThM and ThD programs are eligible to apply. There is no restriction based on citizenship. Applications are managed through Toronto School of Theology, and the deadlines are generally in March or April for awards tenable in the following September. Information is available on the TST website. When available, application forms may be downloaded from the University of Toronto website: http://tst.edu/academic/scholarships-and-bursaries.
B. Trinity College
Funds administered by the College are available for students in the Faculty of Divinity in the form of Bursaries (Grants), Special Bursaries, for example for Intership expenses or educational travel, and Emergency Loans. Further information and application forms are available in the Divinity Office.
For students who have investigated other sources of funding, and still have a small shortfall within the context of a sensible budget, the College has available funds which may be awarded to students in good standing. The amount of the award will be determined by need, and will not, except in extraordinary circumstances, exceed the maximum award limit set each year by the Bursary Committee. Applications for assistance are normally considered in May, September, and December.
The College acknowledges with gratitude the generous contributions of our many benefactors which make these bursaries possible:
R. Bruce Baker Memorial Fund
J.H. Barr and M.H. Barr Fund
Francis Wright Beare Fund
Robert Bertram Beaumont Fund
John Williams Billes Fund
Canon Brewin Memorial Fund
Bishop Broughall Fund
William C. Buchner Fund
Sarah Ann Burgess Fund
Bishop Burgett Bursary
Mabel Cartwright Fund
Christ Church, Oyster Bay NY Bursary
Amy Frances Cooper Fund
Robert Crombie Memorial Bursary
Kathleen Daykin Fund
Ellis-Hamilton Memorial Fund
Samuel Harris Fund
Canon Anthony Hart Exhibitions
Edward and Mildred Jeffery Fund
Canon W.W. Judd Memorial Fund
John Kerr Fund
Reverend and Mrs. Alexander Ketterson Fund
Arthur Stewart Madill Fund
Reverend William Pippen Memorial Fund
R.C.A.F. Protestant Chapel Fund
Jean Rutherford Reekie Fund
Clare Slater Fund
Victor Spencer Memorial Exhibition
Bishop Strachan (Trinity Centenary)Fund
James and Frances Stubley Fund
St. Thomas's Church, Toronto Bursary
Venerable Robert F. Walker Memorial Fund
Canon John de Pencier Wright Memorial Fund
C. Bursaries granted by other bodies
The Anglican Foundation of Canada
The Foundation now administers all national bursary funds formerly available through various departments of the Anglican Church of Canada. The General Bursary Trust is to help support the theological education and training of men and women for ordained ministry. Candidates must show ACPO recommendation or an officially approved alternative evaluation procedure. The Graduate Award Trust helps support post-graduate studies (Th.D./Ph.D.) of qualified clergy and laity who plan to pursue an academic career. Applications: Divinity Office or The Anglican Foundation of Canada, 600 Jarvis Street, Toronto, Ontario, M4Y 2J6. (email@example.com)
Anglican Church Women (Diocese of Toronto)
The Toronto Diocesan Anglican Church Women (ACW), established in 1967, offers two types of bursaries to women in the Diocese of Toronto who are attending a theological college.
The Theological Student Bursary is to financially assist women theological students, who are seeking ordination to the priesthood. The limit is $1,000 per applicant ($500 initially, $500 upon proof of acceptance as a postulant). Applications available here.
The Lay Ministry/Vocational Deacon Bursary is to assist women wishing to take training in Christian Lay Ministry or training for the Vocational Diaconate. The limit is $750 per applicant. Applications available here. Applications are received throughout the year. The Finance Committee usually meets on the first Wednesday of every month, September to June. Once the application and all three references are received, the Finance Committee reviews the application and makes a recommendation to the Board of Directors. The Board usually meets on the second Wednesday of every month and they pass a motion based on the Finance Committee's recommendation. For further information about the Toronto Diocesan Anglican Church Women, contact the ACW office Telephone: 416-363-0018, FAX: 416-363-7815, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
A.C. McCollum Assistance Fund, St. John's, York Mills
At the invitation of St. John's Church, students studying for ministry of the Church and who require financial support may apply for assistance . The fund may not be available every year for this purpose. Applications are available from the Divinity Office.
Dioceses and Anglican colleges in the Ecclesiastical Province of Ontario share a joint bursary application form. When a student applies for a College bursary, a copy of their application is forwarded to the diocese. Students in other dioceses apply to their bishop.
Donald Cameron Memorial Award
This award, to honour the memory of Donald Cameron, who served TST in a number of capacities over many years. It is designed to recognize excellence in projects planned and completed during a student's Basic Degree program which engages them with the wider community beyond the Church. The recipient must be in the final year of study in their BD program at TST or in the first year of an Advanced Degree program immediately following their Basic Degree. Applications will be judged on: the impact of the project or activity within the community and what the student has learned that will help in his/her further ministry to enhance the relationship of church and wider society.
The award is for $3000, payable upon registration in September. Applicants should submit a description of their activity/project and its impact on the wider community; a letter of nomination from within TST (if the project is not part of the student's program, the letter aught to indicate that it is compatible with the program's objectives); a letter of reference from a lay person involved with the project. The deadline for application is March 9.
London Goodenough Association of Canada
The LGAC will award several scholarships with a value up to $7,500 each, to students in accredited graduate degree programs, in support of graduate study in London, England. Scholarships are tenable for periods ranging from three months to one year. Application forms are available in the Divinity Office or on their website (www.lgac.ca). Deadline is January 1.
The Ivor Norris Bursary
Awarded by the Anglican Ordinariate of the Canadian Forces to applicants who have a personal connection to the Canadian Forces through personal military service (past or present), being married to or the child of someone with such service. Applicants must be sponsored by a Bishop for Ordination within the Anglican Church of Canada and enrolled in full time theological studies. Applications are available in the Divinity Office.
Parishes may make some provisions for the financial support of their members who are preparing for ordination. Candidates should consult their respective rectors or church wardens.
The Prayer Book Society of Canada
The Toronto Branch of the Prayer Book Society of Canada offers four bursaries annually in the amount of $1000 to students engaged in religious studies at Trinity and Wycliffe Colleges who value the Book of Common Prayer and wish to see its continuing use in the Anglican Church of Canada. Students in the ordination stream are particularly encouraged to apply. Students wishing to apply should submit a copy of their curriculum vitae and two letters of reference, together with a covering letter, to: Dr. Diana Verseghy, President, PBSC Toronto Branch, 12 Sherbourne Drive, Maple, Ontario L6A 1G8. Candidates will be interviewed in November by a sub-committee of the executives of the Toronto and St. Catharines-Niagara branches.
St. Basil the Great Scholarship
The purpose of the Scholarship is to enable an interchange of students between the Oriental Orthodox Churches, the Assyrian Church of the East, and the Anglican Church of Canada. To that end scholarships are offered to applicants who are members of the Oriental Orthodox Churches and the Assyrian Church of the East to facilitate their study and participation in the life of the Anglican Church of Canada, and to applicants of the Anglican Church of Canada to facilitate their study and participation in the life of the Oriental Orthodox Churches and the Assyrian Church of the East. Applications are available in the Divinity Office.
Woodcock Theological Fund
At the invitation of Christ Church Deer Park, the Dean nominates a student to be considered for a bursary. The Proceeds of the fund will be used for theological education generally, including continuing education for the ministry staff of Christ Church Deer Park and others. Contact the Dean of Divinity.
Grand Chapter Order of the Eastern Star, Ontario: Canada Eastern Star Training Awards for Religious Leadership (ESTARL)
The Grand Chapter offers bursaries for students who will be or are enrolled in an accredited college or university for training in ordained ministry or church music, and who have financial need. Please contact your nearest Eastern Star chapter for more information and application. See http://www.easternstar.on.ca/resources/Chapters.pdf.
Notices of these and additional awards are posted, as received, on the Divinity News Board. Please note application deadlines.
D. Awards granted by the Toronto School of Theology
The Toronto School of Theology offers scholarships and bursaries for Advanced Degree students, including Doctor of Ministry students:
C. Douglas Jay Scholarship
This scholarship, which honours the founding director of TST, is available to an advanced degree student, preferably in the doctoral program, working in the area of Christian Social Ethics. It will be awarded on the basis of the student's research proposal. The amount available is about $1500. Applicants shall write a letter outlining their qualifications for the scholarship and shall arrange to have two letters of recommendation sent to the C.D. Jay Scholarship Committee at the TST by March 9.
St. Lazarus Bursary
This bursary, funded by a gift of the Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem, is open to a Canadian advanced degree student working in the area of ecumenism. The amount available is about $1500. Applicants should write a letter outlining their particular qualifications and shall arrange to have two letters of recommendation sent to the St. Lazarus Bursary Committee at the TST by March 9.
John M. Kelly Award
This award in honour of Fr. John Kelly, former President of St. Michael's and member of the TST Board, is open to a basic or advanced degree student in TST; present or past member of the TST Board, Executive Basic or Advanced Degree Council, or any TST committee or department. The criteria are quality and significance of the student's service of the TST and academic achievement. The amount available is about $1200. Applicants shall submit a letter outlining their particular qualifications and shall arrange to have two letters of recommendation sent to the John M. Kelly Award Committee at TST by March 9.
TST Bursary Assistance for Ph.D. and Th.D. Students
Bursary money from revenue from TST's endowment fund, built up under the OSOTF program, is available to help currently registered Canadian PhD and ThD students residing in Ontario in need of extra bursary assistance. For the year 2001, the total amount available is $4000. Applicants should have already sought bursary assistance or a student loan for this academic year. The $4000 is available as a supplementary grant for a student or students now facing an unforeseen financial emergency or whose college was not able to give them the help they needed when they asked for it. To apply: get an application form from the Advanced Degree office (or director) of your school and fill it out. This form will include financial particulars. Get a letter of support from the advanced degree director of your school. Send to The Advanced Degree Office, TST, 47 Queen's Park Cres. E., Toronto, On M5S 2C3 by March 9
Margaret Fleck Scholarship
This award, the gift of the Ralph M. Barford Foundation, was established by the Board of Trustees in 2006 in honour of the Reverend Margaret Fleck, a former student and member of the Board of Trustees. The award is available to a student registered at TST, who is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident residing in Ontario and has demonstrated financial need by qualifying for OSAP. Applications will be judged on academic excellence in the student's chosen program of study. Applications must include a letter from the applicant outlining their qualifications for the scholarship, two letters of support for the application and a transcript of the applicant's academic program. A cover page listing the applicant's full name, address, telephone number, e-mail address and the College in which they are registered to The Margaret Fleck Scholarship Committee, Toronto School of Theology, 47 Queen's Park Cres. East, Toronto, ON M5S 2C3 by March 9.
John McGonegal Bursary
This award was established in honour of the Rev. John McGonegal and is open to a student in TST whi wishes to undertake CAPPE Supervised Pastoral Education. The award is given based on financial need and academic merit and will be in the amount of one quarter of the Supervised Pastoral Education (currently $650). Applicants should submit a letter outlining their qualifications for the award, a letter of support from the Field Education Director of their college to: The John McGonegal Bursary Committee, Toronto School of Theology, 47 Queen's Park Cres. E, Toronto, On M5S 2C3. deadline: March 9.
Fellowship and Scholarship information available through the Association of Theological Schools