The Toronto School of Theology is pleased to announce that a generous bequest has been received from the Estate of C. Douglas Jay for the C. Douglas Jay Scholarship endowment fund. The scholarship was established by the TST Board of Trustees in 1981 in honour of TST’s founding Director, Rev. Dr. C. Douglas Jay. Dr. Jay passed away on January 1, 2021, at the age of 95. He was also emeritus principal of TST's member school, Emmanuel College.
The prestigious C. Douglas Jay Scholarship is awarded annually each spring to a TST graduate degree student studying in the area of Christian social ethics, philosophical theology, philosophy of religion, or psychology of religion. Scholarship applications are evaluated based on academic excellence and financial need.
This highly competitive scholarship has, so far, been awarded to twenty-eight exceptional TST graduate students, and this welcome addition to the scholarship endowment fund will ensure the recognition of TST graduate students’ academic achievements and financial need may continue for years to come.
Dr. Jay was a founder of TST and its first Director (1969-80). On the occasion of Dr. Jay's 90th birthday, the first floor boardroom in the TST building was renamed and dedicated as the “C. Douglas Jay Boardroom” in his honour with a plaque which reads:
As the Toronto School of Theology’s first Director, with clear-sighted vision, exceptional gifts of leadership, unstinting dedication, and enormous tact, he ably shepherded this ambitious experiment in collaborative ecumenical theological education. His efforts helped ensure its success. During his term, the Toronto School of Theology was accredited by the Association of Theological Schools, and affiliated with the University of Toronto.
The annual ecumenical service for the TST community on January 27, 2021 during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, was also dedicated to Dr. Jay and the many important contributions he made to TST.
The Toronto School of Theology is grateful for this remembrance from Dr. Jay and the Jay family.