Canada’s curling future got a little brighter today as some of Canada’s most promising junior curlers received a much-needed financial boost after being named recipients of the 2018 Curling Canada Foundation For the Love of Curling scholarships, it was announced today by Curling Canada.
With close to 60 applications received from across the country, a selection committee of seven dedicated members identified 10 deserving recipients — each of whom will receive an award of $2,500 thanks to the generous support of the Canadian curling community.
The scholarship invests in the future leaders of the curling community by taking into consideration each eligible applicant’s academic accomplishments and aspirations, their curling achievements and, finally, their volunteer contributions within the community. The successful recipients will utilize the award to cover a portion of their education and curling costs during the 2018-19 school year.
“There is such an amazing array of talent, both on the ice and in the classroom, among our young Canadian curlers, and it makes me so incredibly optimistic about what we will see for years down the road from these young athletes,” said Resby Coutts, Chair of Curling Canada’s Board of Governors and a member of the Selection Committee. “As a group, we faced some difficult decisions, but they were difficult for the right reasons.”
The 2018-19 scholarship recipients are:
- Kyle Doering, East St. Paul, Man. (Business, University of Winnipeg)
- Lindsay Dubue, Ottawa. (Honours Bachelor of Human Kinetics, University of Ottawa)
- Tanner Horgan, Sudbury, Ont. (Business Administration, Laurentian University)
- Ryan Jacques, Edmonton. (Honours Computing Science, University of Alberta)
- Kaitlyn Jones, Nepean, Ont. (Arts and Social Sciences, Dalhousie University)
- Ryan Lamswood, Stephenville, N.L. (Science, Grenfell Campus of Memorial University of Newfoundland)
- Dustin Mikush, Wadena, Sask. (Education, University of Alberta)
- Kate Sherry, North Bay, Ont. (Bachelor of Arts-Business Major, Redeemer University College)
- Selena Sturmay, Leduc, Alta. (Bachelor of Science–Nursing, University of Alberta)
- Glenn Venance, Edmonton. (Kinesiology-Education, University of Alberta)
To be eligible for consideration an applicant needs 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 2018-19 curling season.
The Selection Committee consisted of Coutts, Curling Canada Chief Executive Officer Katherine Henderson, former Curling Canada Board Chair Fran Todd, accomplished Quebec junior curling coach Benoit Forget, and former scholarship recipients Karsten Sturmay, Karlee Burgess and Sarah Daniels.
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 season, donors invested $568,925 in the sport of curling to specifically support youth programs across Canada. The Egg Farmers Rocks & Rings program presented by Curling Canada, Curling 101-Try Curling, Hit Draw Tap™, For the Love of Curling scholarships and grants to curling centres are only made possible thanks to the generous support of the Canada’s curling community.