By Lisa Cumming
Attention J-school students, there’s two new spring scholarships you can apply for.
O’Tucky MacLean was an artist, writer, photographer, painter and definitely not a cookie-cutter individual, and this is our family’s way of honouring him, said Kevin MacLean, an instructor at the Ryerson School of Journalism and O’Tucky’s brother.
“People often ask, ‘That’s a weird name, where did that come from? Is that a nickname?’ but it’s not,” MacLean said. “It’s actually our father’s middle name. I didn’t get it, but my brother did, as his middle name, and even from when he was a kid that’s the one he was always going by.”
The Rebel With A Cause Award is to be given to a journalism student who plans to go abroad for a fall or winter semester.
“His life revolved around creative ventures,” said MacLean of his brother. “I came up with a name that also reflects his personality. He was an individual who spoke his mind and didn’t suffer fools.”
Creative minds will be happy to note that submissions for this award can also stray from the standard format. In place of an essay, a student can submit a video or photographic essay.
“I teach at the School of Journalism and I’ve been a journalist for almost 40 years and, while my background is in the written form, I was a photographer as well,” MacLean said. “I wanted to recognize the fact that [the industry] is changing and we have a lot of really talented and creative students. I wanted to give them the option of having a different kind of outlet.”
MacLean said he hopes the award will go to students who won’t be afraid to question and hold accountable those with authority or power.
Faulhaber Communications, a PR and marketing agency focusing on lifestyle brands, has teamed with Ryerson University to present an award to a female student who is working toward becoming a leader in communications.