In January 2018, Humber lost a beloved professor, Jeoffrey Steven Bull, after his brief struggle with aggressive cancer.
Jeoff had taught in our General Arts and Science programs for almost 15 years. Affectionately regarded as "the village explainer," he was an enthusiastic sharer of knowledge on a broad range of topics—from literature, history, politics, sports, music and film, to social history, children's literature, and crafting.
“Jeoff had an amazing ability to absorb complex ideas and issues and distil them into plain language and concepts anyone could understand,” said Julia Rhodes, his widow.
Jeoff's warmth and kindness inspired many. His students were exceptionally impacted by his infectious love of learning as he taught, mentored, and fostered meaningful relationships with them.
A natural leader, he began his Humber career working with students in both the University and College transfer profiles, assisting them as they transitioned to Humber. He unfailingly encouraged students to find joy in learning, to keep developing and pursuing their potential, and to progress on to further post-secondary studies.
In the gulf left by the loss of such a giving teacher, Jeoff's friends, colleagues, and family stepped up to honour his generous spirit through the establishment of the Jeoff Bull Memorial Scholarship.
The scholarship is presented to a student entering the General Arts and Science University Transfer diploma program for the first time who is in good academic standing and who demonstrates financial need. Successful recipients have the opportunity to receive a renewable scholarship in year two of the program, provided they continue to meet the specified criteria. Upon successful completion of the program, and once proof of acceptance into a university has been provided, the recipient receives a third and final scholarship.
At this time, more than $100,000 has been raised and the funds have been endowed, creating a permanent legacy for Jeoff and supporting Humber students in perpetuity.
“Jeoff really connected with his students and was a proud member of the Humber community. It’s only fitting that he continues to support Humber students through this memorial scholarship,” Julia said.
The entire school community was fortunate that Jeoff found his vocation at Humber College. Thanks to the scholarship that keeps his vision and vivacity alive, deserving students will receive the support they need to pursue their own calling. To see students come into their own, through the love of learning that Jeoff modeled every day, is a fitting tribute to this kind, inspirational man. Humber is grateful for all who have made gifts to the scholarship.
For more information about the Jeoff Bull Memorial Scholarship, please click here.