Ten deserving young curlers from across the country have been named winners of the 2015 Curling Canada Foundation Scholarships, it was announced today by Curling Canada.
The $1,000 scholarships — funded by Canadian curling donors and supporters — are aimed at helping young university or college students cover a portion of their education and curling costs during the 2015-16 school year.
“This is always a gratifying day because we get to see the fruits of our labour translated into helping our young athletes pursue their dreams, both on the ice and in the classroom,” said Rachael Wilson, Director, Fund Development for Curling Canada. “The support of curling fans made this possible, and we will continue to do our best to make sure young people across the country have the support they need to play this wonderful game.”
A total of 60 applications were received from across the country.
The 2015-16 scholarship winners are:
Carson Ackerman, Chamberlain, Sask. (University of Saskatchewan)
Chantal Allan, London, Ont. (University of Alberta)
Emily Gray, O’Leary, P.E.I. (University of Prince Edward Island)
Jessica Iles, Edmonton (University of Alberta)
Janique LeBlanc, Fall River, N.S. (Université de Moncton)
Laura Masters, Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. (Laurentian University)
Erin Pincott, Kamloops, B.C. (Thompson Rivers University)
Thomas Scoffin, Edmonton (University of Alberta)
Kristen Streifel, Saskatoon (University of Saskatchewan/University of Alberta)
Karsten Sturmay, Leduc, Alta. (University of Alberta)
The scholarships were decided by a panel, who looked at both academic and curling achievements, while showing a commitment to building the sport of curling through coaching/instructing and/or volunteer activities. Applicants needed to be enrolled full-time for at least two semesters at a Canadian university or college, in addition to being registered to compete for Canadian Team Ranking System points during the 2015-16 curling season.
“This was not an easy decision, because we had some wonderful applications that showed a wide array of talent, both on the ice and in their fields of study,” said Emma Miskew, a member of the selection panel and the vice-skip for two-time Scotties Tournament of Hearts champion Team Rachel Homan. “The great part of the process was seeing the enthusiasm of the applicants and their eagerness to excel. That makes me even more optimistic about the future of our sport.”
The Curling Canada Foundation philanthropic program was introduced during the 2013-14 season to help junior curling and to support curling centres in Canada. Last year, donors invested more than $300,000 in the sport of curling through Curling Canada’s Rocks & Rings programs, scholarships and grants to curling clubs.