The A. James Reimer Award at the Toronto Mennonite Theological Centre (TMTC) was established in recognition of the late Dr. A. James Reimer and the program he founded in advanced degree/doctoral theological studies at TMTC in conjunction with the Toronto School of Theology (TST).
Christian theology in our time calls for a disciplined imagination—the daring exploration of new frontiers of intellectual space; a fidelity to the ancient truths of the Judeo-Christian tradition; an empathetic engagement with all Christians, all faiths, and all peoples; a high regard for nature, experience, and all forms of knowledge; and a resolute witness to peace, justice and reconciliation in a world of violence.
The award is to support advanced degree/doctoral theological students at TST who are associated with TMTC, and to promote theological education.
This endowment was established by Alan Armstrong ('94) who was Reimer's student. Alan noted:
Jim helped me re-understand biblical texts and church dogma in ways that continue to inspire and strengthen me and my faith.
Nominations for the award will be made by the TMTC Advisory Council and recommended to the Conrad Grebel University College Scholarships and Bursaries Committee. The annual award will be approximately $10,000.
All applicants must qualify for funding through the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP).
The award winner will be chosen by the Conrad Grebel University College Scholarships and Bursaries Committee giving preference to the following:
- Advanced degree students who are currently enrolled at a TST member college or affiliate college. Graduate students at the University of Toronto may also apply for this award.
- Students who are actively involved in the TMTC program.
- Students who have demonstrated commitment to the life of the Mennonite Church and its institutions.
- Students who demonstrate solid academic ability and academic achievement.
Applications are invited on an annual basis with a deadline of 15 August. All applications should be addressed to the TMTC Director and should include the following:
- A letter explaining how you qualify for this award.
- Transcripts from past and present graduate studies. Official transcripts are not required; transcripts “issued to student” are acceptable.
- A curriculum vitae.
- Ontario Student Opportunities Trust Fund eligibility is demonstrated by receiving approval from the OSAP. It is not necessary to actually receive an OSAP loan. A print-out of the online confirmation must accompany your application.
Applications should be submitted by email.
- 2017: Isaac Friesen
- 2016: Maxwell Kennel
- 2015: Allison Murray
- 2013: Kimberly Penner
- 2011: David Csinos
- 2010: Sarah Freeman
- 2008: Andrew Martin
- 2007: Rene Baergen
- 2006: Allan Rudy-Froese
- 2005: Jonathan Seiling
Further contributions to the award are welcome! Contact Fred W. Martin, Director of Development.