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McGeachy Senior Scholarship

The McGeachy Senior Scholarship is designed:

  • To foster the development of those who will provide The United Church of Canada with discernment and direction that inspire and challenge the church towards creative and faithful mission
  • To enhance the work of a church leader at a creative moment in her or his life
  • To provide not only for the person's growth, but also for an impact on the broader church
  • To provide income to allow a major portion of time to be used on a project of enduring value to the United Church

The United Church of Canada invites applications or nominations for this important award.

The award is open to anyone from any church or country, but the proposal must indicate how the project will address the concerns of The United Church of Canada. The deadline for applications is March 15. Announcement of the recipient will be made in June.

Background and Purpose

The McGeachy Memorial Fund represents a substantial bequest from the estate of William A. and Margaret H. McGeachy, an agricultural family in southwestern Ontario. The McGeachys' commitment to the Christian church and the role of the church in society is memorialized in the McGeachy Senior Scholarship, derived from the Fund. Scholarships are offered periodically as interest income permits.

The intent of the scholarship project is to develop leaders who will provide The United Church of Canada with discernment and direction that inspire and challenge the church towards creative and faithful mission.

The McGeachy senior scholar is expected to express the prophetic vision of the church and to interpret Christ's call to justice and peace in our pluralistic world. She or he will combine reflection and research with practical action, and communicate the results of this work in a form accessible to the wider church.

The scholarship is intended to free a person to use a major block of time for concentrated effort on a project of enduring value to the Church. It is hoped that the award will enhance the life work of the McGeachy scholar at a creative moment in her or his development, and thus yield continuing benefit to the individual and to the community.

Eligibility

Although designed for Canadians, particularly members of The United Church of Canada, the scholarship is open to applications from women or men anywhere. The McGeachy Scholarship Committee will give serious and fair review to all proposals. Any applicant, however, should indicate how her or his project will address the concerns of The United Church of Canada and make a contribution to its life and mission.

This "senior" scholarship is for persons established in their life work. It is not available to candidates in degree programs or other forms of professional preparation. A parallel in the academic world is the "post-doctoral fellowship," although the McGeachy scholarship does not have a doctoral prerequisite.

Since the scholarship primarily seeks to provide time for major research and reflection, it is not generally intended for those who have sabbatical or retirement income. However, a scholarship of less than the maximum amount, with reduced funding for time, may be awarded to an applicant with retirement or sabbatical income when the committee evaluates their proposal as having exceptional merit. In all proposals, costs of travel and research materials may be included, but these costs are seen as secondary to the provision of time.

It is important that applicants indicate a clear time line, and show how a significant block of time will be arranged and set aside. Full time participation in the project for one or two years is the norm, though other plans will be considered.

Conditions of the Scholarship

  1. The goal of the Scholarship is to serve the broader church as well as the individual doing the project. It is essential that any proposal indicate how the project will do this. The tangible product of the study does not need in every instance to be a written document but may be in some other format. Publication or development of this product of study is the financial responsibility of the McGeachy scholar.
  2. The McGeachy scholar is invited to prepare a 5,000- to 10,000-word paper for possible inclusion in the McGeachy Papers Series. Printing and distribution of the paper is done at the expense of the fund and at the discretion of the committee.
  3. McGeachy scholars are expected to provide the committee with one copy of any book or other product or publication resulting from the project.
  4. The scholarship will normally be granted in three segments, 40% at the start, 30% midway, and 30% upon completion of all agreed conditions (normally no more than one year after the agreed completion date of the project). The final 30% may be forfeited in cases where the project is not completed as agreed.
  5. A report is expected every six months for the duration of the project period. No further installments of the scholarship will be given without timely receipt of these reports.
  6. The format of the proposal is given in the McGeachy Scholarship Guidelines for Proposals. Please follow these in preparing a proposal.
  7. Applications and documentation must be received no later than 4:30 PM, March 15. See the Guidelines for a list of necessary documentation. Announcement of the recipient is expected by June. The commencement of the scholarship period may be any time in the current year.
  8. In making an appointment the final decision will rest with the McGeachy Scholarship Committee.

Recent Recipients

For more information, please contact:

Program Assistant to the McGeachy Senior Scholarship Committee
Leadership Development
The United Church of Canada
3250 Bloor St. West, Suite 300
Toronto, ON M8X 2Y4
Tel: 416-231-7680 ext. 4017
Fax: 416-231-3103
E-mail: Scholarships