The Bursary Program
The Bursary Programme was established in 1965 as the first charitable outreach undertaken by the then newly established Masonic Foundation of Ontario.
The programme was instituted to provide non-repayable financial assistance to full time students at Ontario Colleges and Universities who have encountered an unexpected financial emergency during the final term of a 2 or 3 year programme or during the final term of years three or four of a 4 year programme, who have exhausted all other sources of revenue and who may be forced to leave school before graduation. Applicants must be a Canadian citizen and a permanent resident of Ontario. The normal bursary awarded is $800. Amounts from $500 to $1000 may be given based on request and indicated need.
Since inception, the Foundations Bursary Committee has awarded over $2,225,000 to help approximately 3,330 students to complete their studies at Universities and Community Colleges throughout Ontario.
Professor James J. Talman, University of Weston Ontario, was the Director in charge of the programme from its inception in 1965 to 1981. Professor Wallace McLeod, Victoria College, University of Toronto, administered the programme from 1981 to 1997. Donald R. Thornton served as Chairman from 1997 to 2006. Donald L. Jagger now administers the programme.
The Bursary Programme has been the Foundations major charitable outreach, being especially unique as the only Foundation activity involving local members, from all Masonic Districts, who personally meet and present the bursaries to the recipients.
In addition to the bursaries administered by the Foundation, awards are made from special Masonic Foundation Bursary accounts of the Ontario Student Opportunities Trust Funds, established at some selected Universities and Colleges, through a one-time donation to the College or University, which generated matching funds from the Ontario Government. The institutions administer and present these MFO Bursaries annually, in the name of the Masonic Foundation of Ontario.