The John Jones Memorial Scholarship fund was created in 2010 to commemorate Dr. John Jones. The purpose of the fund is to provide an annual bursary for one or more Quebec based rugby players who are enrolled in a full time post-secondary program. The funds, held by the Canadian Rugby Foundation, will serve to provide current and future generations of Quebec rugby players’ assistance in pursuing their education.
Dr. John Jones was one of the great characters in Quebec rugby. Arriving in Montreal in 1964 from his native Australia, John began playing rugby for the Montreal Irish RFC. A teacher for 31 years at Champlain St Lambert, John brought his passion for rugby to the school and, in 1979, John founded St. Lambert’s Champlain College (Cegep) Men’s Rugby Team. Five years later in 1984 John, along with two former players, founded the St Lambert Locks. In addition to being a founding father of both Champlain College Rugby and the St Lambert Locks, for a time John also ran the under 19 men and women national championships in Canada, and was the “glue” for Quebec Combined Old Boys.
The FRQ would like to thank everyone who has helped ensure the success of the Scholarship fund. With your help John’s legacy as an educator and rugby man will continue for generations to come. Should you wish to make a first time contribution or if you contributed last year and would like to donate again, donations to the fund can be made online at www.canadianrugbyfoundation.ca.