John Jones Memorial Scholarship

Rugby Quebec is pleased to announce the creation of the John Jones Memorial Scholarship Fund. The fund, a first of its kind for rugby in Quebec, was created to provide an annual bursary for one or more Quebec based rugby players who are enrolled in a full time post-secondary program. The funds, held by the Canadian Rugby Foundation, will serve to provide current and future generations of Quebec rugby players, assistance in pursuing their educational dreams. Dr. John Jones was one of the great characters in Quebec rugby.

Arriving in Montreal in 1964, from his native Australia, John began playing rugby for the Montreal Irish RFC. A teacher for 31 years at Champlain St Lambert, John brought his passion for rugby to the school and in 1979 John founded St. Lambert’s Champlain College (Cegep) Men’s Rugby Team. Five years later in 1984 John, along with two former players founded the St Lambert Locks. In addition to being a founding father of both Champlain College Rugby and the St Lambert Locks, for a time John also ran the national championships for under 19 men and women in Canada, and was the glue for Quebec Combined Old Boys. The intrinsic values of this fund, created by Rugby Quebec, and dedicated to honour the memory of a great Quebec rugby man, are in line with the life’s work of John – rugby, education and good will in life. On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Federation du Rugby du Quebec I would ask that the club administrators receiving this message pass it along to all of their members and alumni.

I would ask that all clubs consider making a contribution to the fund and encourage their members to contribute as well. With the support of the rugby community this fund has the potential to provide countless numbers of our young athletes with financial assistance for generations to come. Donations to the fund can be made online at www.canadianrugbyfoundation.ca, simply by clicking the “Make a Donation”.

Next simply decide the amount you would like to donate and select “08: John Jones Memorial Scholarship Fund” in the Fund/Designation field. Donations are eligible for tax receipts.

Candidates need to meet the following criteria to be considered for the bursary:

1. Enrolled in a full-time degree (graduate or undergraduate), diploma or certificate program at a Canadian college (CEGEP) or university for the academic year commencing in the year in which the scholarship is granted. Students commencing their studies in the Fall are eligible.

2. Be Quebec based and actively involved and devoted to the game, either as a player, referee or administrator.

3. Complete a letter, not more than 250 words, describing the reasons why you would be a worthy recipient of the John Jones Scholarship. Include your contributions to the rugby community, how you have helped expand the game, other volunteer activities, your academic achievements, your most important accomplishments and your future goals.

4. Two letters of reference from two individuals named in your application. One must be someone who has been involved with you in the rugby community.

5. Unsuccessful applicants may reapply in a subsequent year.