About the award

This award will recognize a journalism student who is embarking on a semester of study overseas as part of Ryerson’s exchange program. Eligible students must submit an essay describing their passion for offbeat, irreverent and eclectic approaches to journalism. Instead of a tradition essay, students may submit a 3-5 minute video or photographic essay.

This scholarship courtesy of Kevin MacLean and May Chang is dedicated to the memory of Kevin’s brother, O’Tucky MacLean. A maverick artist, journalist, scriptwriter, photographer, painter and entrepreneur, O’Tucky was forever rebelling against social conventions and conventional wisdom. He believed in speaking truth to power and poking fun at himself – and at those who took themselves too seriously. For many years in Canada, England and Hollywood, O’Tucky was a scenic painter for TV and movies – performing magic with paints and glazes on sets ranging from Monthy Python to Road to Avonlea and Hollywood blockbusters like Chicago and Cinderella Man. After Tuck’s sudden death in October 2015 at age 66, his family established this award to help students handle the financial burden of venturing off on an overseas academic exchange.

Criteria

  • Be registered as an undergraduate student enrolled in the School of Journalism at Ryerson University and have clear academic standing;
  • Have been accepted to study abroad for a semester (Fall or Winter);
  • Submit an essay describing their passion for offbeat, irreverent and eclectic approaches to journalism OR a 3-5 minute video OR photographic essay.

Your application must include:

  • A cover letter stating only the award you are applying for, your name, your student number, your year of study and your CGPA;
  • An essay OR a 3-5 minute video OR photographic essay describing their passion for offbeat, irreverent and eclectic approaches to journalism.
2017 Rebel With a Cause Award
2017 Rebel With a Cause Award

From left: presenter Kevin MacLean with winner Victoria McMurchy and presenter May Chang.

From left: presenter Kevin MacLean with winner Victoria McMurchy and presenter May Chang.

2016 Rebel with a Cause Award
2016 Rebel with a Cause Award

Winner Janine Tascioglu with Kevin MacLean and May Chang.

Winner Janine Tascioglu with Kevin MacLean and May Chang.

Past Winners

2017    Victoria McMurchy

2016    Janine Tascioglu