About the award

The Vincent J. Devitt Emergency Fund will help deserving undergraduate and gradute students in the School of Journalism at Ryerson University. The funds will provide emergency funding in variable amounts with an annual cap of $700. To be considered for this funding, students who require emergency financial assistance must make an appointment with the Chair of the School of Journalism to explain how they would benefit from the funding. The recipients will be chosen by the Chair and will remain anonymous.

A graduate of the Ryerson Class of 1956, Vincent J. Devitt reported for the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Telegram and the Toronto Star. He served as bureau chief at Toronto City Hall and Queen’s Park numerous times, and also astutely covered many provincial and national election campaigns. Highlights of his career include reporting on the Quiet Revolution in Quebec, the Six Day War in Israel, the FLQ crisis, the James Bay Project, the revolution in Trinidad 1970 and the rise and fall of Salvador Allende’s government in Chile. Vincent eventually left the life of the newsroom for government, becoming assistant press secretary to then-premier William G. Davis.

The Vincent J. Devitt Emergency Fund
The Vincent J. Devitt Emergency Fund

Criteria

To qualify a student must:

  • be enrolled in the undergraduate or graduate journalism program;
  • make an appointment with the Chair of the School of Journalism to explain how they would benefit from the funding.