The John R. Rhodes Scholarship Dinner

This year’s dinner honours Dr. Frank S. Sarlo, and will take place at Algoma’s Water Tower Inn & Suites on Thursday, October 26th with reception starting at 6pm and dinner at 7pm.

Tickets cost $150 each and can be purchased by filling out the 2017 John Rhodes Scholarship Dinner Brochure and sending it to:

Bev Teller, CFRE
Alumni and Development Officer
1520 Queen Street E
Sault Ste. Marie, ON, P6A 2G4

Dr. Frank Sarlo

Dr. Frank S. Sarlo

Frank S. Sarlo has had a distinguished and diverse professional and personal career.

As a young man growing up in Sault Ste. Marie, Frank attended St. Mary’s College and was the valedictorian of the first graduating class from the all-boys high school. He continued his post-secondary studies at the University of Windsor where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, and a Bachelor of Law from Osgoode Hall in Toronto. Frank was called to the Ontario Bar in 1969 and was later appointed to the Queen’s Counsel by the Province of Ontario in 1985.

Frank enjoyed a fulfilling career in law, where he specialized in Corporate and Commercial Law for close to 40 years. He was a partner in such Sault Ste. Marie based law firms, Caputo Sarlo Irwin, Sarlo O’Neill and most recently Wishart Law Firm LLP. Outside of his busy legal practice, Frank took a leadership role in many important successful initiatives that required bringing together community members and resources to meet specific challenges or goals. Among, numerous other community groups, Frank served as Chair of the Community Action Team, which was formed to support the restructuring of Algoma Steel Corporation, Chair of the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation, as well as Chair of Sault Ste. Marie’s major Homecoming Festival in 1998.

In recognition of his tireless efforts, Frank was honoured with numerous awards, including the Harry Hamilton Award for Community Service from the Algoma District Law Association, the Paul Dalseg Community Achievement Award from the Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce and in 1992, Frank received from the Governor General of Canada, the Commemorative Medal for 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada in recognition of significant contributions to compatriot community and to Canada.

The John R. Rhodes Scholarship was established in 1979 through generous donations from friends and family of the late John Rhodes.

This prestigious scholarship, valued at $3,000 is offered annually to a student entering their first year of university studies from secondary school who has demonstrated academic achievement and community leadership while involved in political, social, or academic activities.

This scholarship is renewable for up to three additional years providing the recipient maintains a minimum average of 80% each academic year on 30 credits taken in two consecutive terms.

John R Rhodes

Born and educated in Sault Ste Marie, John R. Rhodes began his career in broadcasting as a radio and television personality on CJIC in the 1960s. Mr. Rhodes was elected to City Council and served as Mayor from 1969 to 1971. He went on to serve in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1971 to 1978 as a member of the Progressive Conservative Party and was a member of the provincial cabinet in the government of William Davis as Minister of Transportation and Communications from 1974-1975, Minister of Housing from 1975-1978 and Minister of Industry and Tourism in 1978.

Algoma University proudly hosts the annual John R. Rhodes Scholarship Dinner. This event serves to honour the memory of John R. Rhodes by raising funds to offer this prestigious scholarship to meritorious students at Algoma University. Each year, up to four students may carry this scholarship, requiring a total financial commitment of $12,000 per year.

Algoma University is committed to providing scholarships and bursaries to Algoma University students now, and into the future. The University currently manages a number of endowed funds that provide scholarships and bursaries to Algoma U students. These funds are held in perpetuity, and the interest earned by these funds is used to provide financial awards to students.

New endowed funds are created with donations of $20,000 or more, sometimes pledged over a period of three to five years.

Each year, the John Rhodes Scholarship Dinner Planning Committee selects an honourary speaker who embodies the integrity, leadership, vision and commitment to community services that was the hallmark of John R. Rhodes.

For more information, view our Previous John R. Rhodes Scholarship Dinner Honourees section.