Roy & Ria McMurtry Endowment

Roy & Ria McMurtry Award

The Honourable Roy McMurtry and his wife Ria McMurtry

In 2005, the Law Foundation of Ontario established the Roy and Ria McMurtry Endowment in honour of the former Chief Justice of Ontario, the Honourable Roy McMurtry and his wife Ria upon the occasion of his receipt of the LFO’s Guthrie Award. The Guthrie Award acknowledges outstanding individuals or organizations for their contribution to access to justice and excellence in the legal profession.

Two scholarships are awarded annually from the Endowment to benefit students who are enrolled in courses related to law: one currently goes to a student selected by the Second Chance Foundation, an organization chosen by the former Chief Justice, and the second is provided on a rotating basis to a student attending one of Ontario’s law schools.

The Second Chance Scholarship Foundation provides post–secondary education scholarships to youth who are or have been involved in the criminal justice system or are at risk of becoming involved in the criminal justice system.

“When we speak of second chances we know, particularly those of us in the Justice system, that many young people have not even enjoyed a first chance,” described the Honourable Roy McMurtry, Chief Justice of Ontario. “We’re pleased this Endowment will help provide the tools for our recipient to continue giving back to the community.”

The second scholarship is provided on a rotating basis to one of Ontario’s law schools based in part on financial need and the student’s contribution to the community.