About the award

To the student deemed the best journalist in the graduating year.

Joe Perlove was a Toronto Star sportswriter who covered horse racing and professional wrestling, or what he called the “rassles.” In 1967, a year after his death, Conn Smythe donated $5,000 to this award fund from his winnings at the Queen’s Plate. Sportsman E. P. Taylor contributed an additional $1,000, adding to funds raised at a special dinner. Writing in the Toronto Sun, Jim Hunt remembered Perlove as “one of the most entertaining writers ever to work in this town,” adding, “Wrestling gave him the chance to let his imagination run wild.”

2017 Joe Perlove Scholarship
2017 Joe Perlove Scholarship

Winner Justin Bellmore with RSJ professor Lisa Taylor.

Winner Justin Bellmore with RSJ professor Lisa Taylor.

2016 Joe Perlove Award
2016 Joe Perlove Award

2016 winner Steven Goetz with Awards committee member Anne McNeilly.

2016 winner Steven Goetz with Awards committee member Anne McNeilly.

2015 Joe Perlove Scholarship
2015 Joe Perlove Scholarship

2015 winner Ethan Lou with Awards committee member Adrian Ma.

2015 winner Ethan Lou with Awards committee member Adrian Ma.

Past Winners

2017    Justin Bellmore

2016    Steven Goetz

2015    Ethan Lou

2014    Omar Mohamed

2013    Vidya Kauri

2012    Katia Dmitrieva

2011    Jelena Djurkic

2010    Robin Pierro

2009     Chris Glover