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Scholarship

The Margaret O’Gara Scholarship for Advanced Degree Students in Ecumenical Theology

This scholarship has been established by the University of St. Michael’s College in memory of Professor Margaret O’Gara, who taught theology at USMC from 1975 to 2012.

The 2013-2014 Margaret O’Gara Scholarship for Advanced Degree Students in Ecumenical Theology is awarded to Mr. Scott Sharman, a doctoral candidate at the Faculty of Theology, University of St. Michael's College. Mr. Sharman studied under Professor O'Gara, both for his MA in Theology as well as when he began his doctoral studies. The Dean extends his heartiest congratulations to Mr. Sharman. The Dean also expresses appreciation to The Reverend Dean David Neelands of Trinity College and Professor Emeritus Michael Steinhauser who, along with the Dean, constituted the committee who were charged to make this choice.

The character of the scholarship is indicated by its full name: The Margaret O’Gara Scholarship for Advanced Degree Students in Ecumenical Theology. It is an in-course scholarship aimed at fostering the type of theological work in which Professor O’Gara was centrally involved throughout her career, namely, engaged study of the divisions between the Christian churches for the sake of overcoming them.

The scholarship is open to master’s and doctoral students registered in any college of the Toronto School of Theology. Applications may be made on the basis of such theological projects as a doctoral dissertation, a master’s thesis, one or more courses, perhaps even just a major paper. Applicants’ theological projects will be assessed in terms of their academic quality and ecumenical relevance by a committee composed of the USMC Dean of Theology and two TST professors familiar with Ecumenical Theology appointed by him.

Normally the scholarship will be awarded each year. The amount of the award will be in the range of $2,000. The deadline for applications is on the second Friday in October each year. Poster will be posted on campus in early September, please refer to it for complete details.

The application procedure has three steps.

(i) In a statement of up to 300 words, the applicant describes his or her theological project and how it contributes to Ecumenical Theology.

(ii) The applicant arranges to have a professor who is familiar with his or her theological project write a brief confidential letter commenting on its academic quality and ecumenical relevance.

(iii) The applicant insures that, no later than the annual deadline, both documents are submitted to the Dean of Theology, University of St. Michael’s College, 81 St. Mary Street, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1J4.

Donations to support this scholarship and increase its annual amount will be gratefully received by the Dean of Theology, at the address above. Such donations are tax- deductible for Canadian or U.S. taxpayers.

A Canadian charitable donation receipt can be issued to any donor. A donor who wishes instead to receive a U.S. receipt is asked to contact the Office of Alumni Affairs and Development beforehand at 1-866-238-3339 or smcdevcrd@utoronto.ca to make appropriate arrangements.