Each year, the Sigma Chi Canadian Foundation is pleased to award either two or three national scholarships in honour of John W. Graham, Q.C.
John W. Graham, Toronto '30
Brother Graham achieved distinction in many fields including the legal profession, the military and as a businessman. He was devoted to his alma mater, Trinity College and to the Anglican Church and was honoured for his contributions to each. In equal measure he devoted his remarkable intellect, his unparalleled skill and his deep passion to Sigma Chi which designated him as both a Significant Sig and a member of the Order of Constantine.
He served Sigma Chi in many capacities, holding nearly every one of its major offices. In 1971 his unique capabilities were rewarded by his election as our 46th Grand Consul, the first Canadian to hold the FraternityÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s highest office. Following his term of elected leadership, John continued to provide his successors with the wise and balanced counsel for which he was renowned. He is remembered and respected for his lasting contributions to the structure and governance of the Fraternity.
He will long be remembered as a perfect gentleman who was ever ready to share his counsel and experience with all who sought it.
In like manner the scholarship program which bears his name is designed to stimulate all around excellence within Chapters across Canada. We therefore welcome nominations from all Canadian Chapters.
Amount: Each scholarship will have an annual value of $2,500 CDN.
Eligibility: All members of Canadian active Chapters are eligible provided they will be enrolled in a full-time program during the following academic year, either as an undergraduate or as a graduate student. There is a limit of two (2) annual scholarships that may be awarded to the same applicant.
Criteria for Award: Candidates will be assessed based on their all around excellence, including:
- Academic standing;
- Activity within the Fraternity; and
- Involvement in the community, both within and outside the University
Nominations for Scholarships: Except for judges, any Sigma Chi can make a nomination. The application should be made in writing using the application form, or by submitting PDF documents by email complying with the requirements and layout of the application form. Additional information can be attached to the form including letters of support, or other relevant documents.
Applications should be sent via email to: john (at) tmginvestigators (dot) com
or (only if necessary) mailed to:
John C. Akitt, Scholarship & Grants Committee Chair
Sigma Chi Canadian Foundation
55 Bloor Street West, P.O. Box 19605
Toronto, Ontario, M4W 3T9
The judges will be:
- John C. Akitt, Scholarship & Grants Committee Chair
- Doug Towers, Past SCCF Board Chairman
- Peter Tilden, Past Grand Praetor Ontario-Quebec Province
- David Rickards, Scholarship & Grants Committee
Application Date: Completed applications must be received by the SCCF by May 31st. Winners of the scholarships will be announced by June 30th.
Application Form [link] (Note: IE or Firefox only)
If there are any questions regarding these scholarships, please contact John C. Akitt at john (at) tmginvestigators (dot) com.
Purpose: To reward all-around individual excellence
Beneficiary: Active Brother
Eligibility: Active brother planning full-time course load in the following academic year, as undergrad or grad student. Has not already been awarded two John W. Graham Scholarships in the past.
Selection Criteria: All-around excellence including academic development, activity within Sigma Chi, university and involvement in community
Application Procedure: Complete SCCF Web Site application & send to SCCF by May 31
Validation & Judging Procedure: Judged by SCCF Scholarship Committee
Award Timing / Turnaround Target: June 30
Payment: $1,250 by June 30; $1,250 by Jan 1
Funding Source (Donation Card): J.W. Graham Scholarship Program
Prerequisites & Other Information: No other information or prerequisites.