Fred Reilly Award

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Award value:  Up to $3,500

Donor: Established in 2018 by his daughter, Dr. Jean O’Grady of the Victoria College Class of 1964, The Fred Reilly Award is named for Frederick William Reilly (1910-1989), an entrepreneur and inventor.  Thrust into working life at the age of 14 as a printer’s apprentice in post-World War I London, England, he worked his way up to become the managing director of slotted-angle maker, Dexion Canada Ltd.  He then invented various construction systems for racking, shelving, and cabinetry, and established companies to make and sell them. As a manager, he adopted innovations such as a profit-sharing scheme for his employees.  Redirack, his major invention, is a heavy-duty steel shelving which is still today the material of choice for pallet racking in warehouses throughout Canada. Matching funds provided by an anonymous donor.

Award terms: Awarded to a graduating student of Victoria College who is not necessarily planning to attend graduate school, but who after graduation plans to develop a product or procedure, preferably of an environmental or humanitarian nature. Such a student will have an entrepreneurial spirit and interest in innovation and invention.  Financial need may be taken into consideration.

Eligibility:  Open to Victoria College students graduating in June or November 2019.

Application deadline:  April 15th




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