Spirit of Sandra Scholarships

The Sandra Schmirler Foundation continues to receive amazing support from the Canadian Curling Association and its member associations. Each year, crowd sweeps are held at Season of Champions national events with the proceeds dedicated to providing six $5,000 scholarships to junior curlers. In addition to the financial support, the successful applicants are mentored by world championship curlers, Jon Mead and Cathy Overton-Clapham, who volunteer their time to help these young curlers realize their own dreams.

2013 Spirit of Sandra Scholars

The first recipients of the annual Spirit of Sandra Scholarships, Jocelyn Peterman (AB), Kristen Streifel (SK), Shannon Birchard (MB), Derek Oryniak (MB), Matthew Smith (ON), and Cathlia Ward (NB) are an impressive group of young competitive curlers with outstanding achievements in academics, sports and community involvement. Each of the Scholars has committed to organizing a fundraiser in their local community to build awareness and raise money to support the mission of the Sandra Schmirler Foundation: to donate to hospital Neonatal Intense Care Units (NICUs) across Canada for the purchase of life-saving equipment for babies born too soon, too small or too sick.

In August, they joined Sandra Schmirler Foundation Champions Cathy Overton-Clapham and Jon Mead for a two-day camp in Winnipeg to kick off their curling seasons. The camp included on-ice practice at Fort-Rouge Curling Club and intense dry land training sessions led by Olympic champion curler, Mark Nichols. The scholars and champions toured the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba, coming away with a greater understanding of the importance of the work of our Foundation. Of course they wouldn’t be curlers if they didn’t take some time for fun as well! The group toured The Forks, enjoyed a backyard barbeque at the Overton-Clapham home and enjoyed a Winnipeg Goldeyes baseball game. It was a great couple of days in Winnipeg thanks to the hard work of Cathy and Jon that has fuelled the enthusiasm of the Scholars to support the Sandra Schmirler Foundation as they move forward in their academic and curling careers.

Getting to attend the Sandra Schmirler Training Camp in Winnipeg really gave me a better sense of what the Sandra Schmirler Foundation is all about. Having an opportunity to see a NICU opened my eyes to the incredible work our Foundation is doing in communities across the country. Spending a few days with two of my curling heroes who are passionate about the work the Foundation is doing was extremely inspiring and encouraging. I look forward to continuing to provide babies in crisis with the help they need through this amazing organization.” – Cathlia Ward, St. John, New Brunswick

Spirit of Sandra Scholarships

General Information:
The Spirit of Sandra Junior Curling Scholarship is intended for young athletes who participate in curling in their graduating year from high school or while pursuing a post-secondary education on a full-time basis. The Scholarships will be awarded to graduating high school students entering a post-secondary institution and to students in their first or second year in a post-secondary institution. Recipients must be 20 years of age or under as of December 31, 2014. The aim is to give talented junior curlers the opportunity of combining their competitive curling pursuits with a year of academic study (i.e. September through April) in a Canadian University/College setting.

In recognition of Sandra Schmirler, the three-time Canadian and World Curling Champion and first gold medalist for curling in the Olympics, scholarships will be awarded in the “Spirit of Sandra” and in the name of the Sandra Schmirler Foundation.

Number of Scholarships Six (6) scholarships will be awarded.

Monetary Value of a Scholarship: Each scholarship will have a value of $5,000.

Award Components
The successful applicants will be reimbursed for $2,500 in both education and curling categories for a total of $5,000. All expenses must be submitted with receipts and received no later than April 30, 2015.

Criteria for Awarding Scholarship:

  1. Emphasis will be placed on athletes who have competed at the provincial/territorial level or higher, who have maintained a high level of academic standing, while showing a commitment to curling through their involvement in coaching, officiating and/or volunteer activities.
  2. Preference will be given to athletes attending, or planning to attend university, college or a CEGEP while continuing to compete at a high performance level in curling.
  3. Academic background – minimum grade average of 80% or equivalent grade point average (GPA).
  4. Must be 20 years of age or under as of December 31, 2014, a Grade 12 student entering first year of post-secondary studies or a post-secondary student entering his/her second or third year of studies.
  5. Applicant must be a Canadian citizen.
  6. Must be enrolled full-time for at least one semester (Fall/Winter/Summer).
  7. The awardee will commit to having achieved or achieving their NCCP Club Coach – Curling.
  8. The awardee will agree to organize a fundraising event for the Sandra Schmirler Foundation in the 12 months following receiving the Award.
  9. Awardees shall agree to the “Code of Conduct” of the scholarship and sign the “Letter of Agreement“.

Qualified Expenses:
A Spirit of Sandra Junior Scholarship has a total value of $5,000 with $2,500 available for education expenses and $2,500 available for curling related expenses. Qualified education expenses include tuition and fees required to enroll at or attend an eligible educational institution and course-related expenses such as fees, parking, books, supplies, and equipment that are required for the courses at the high school, college or university. Expenses that don’t qualify include room and board, research, clerical assistance, or equipment and other expenses that are not required for enrollment in or attendance at the educational institution. Qualified curling expenses include entry fees to sanctioned curling competitions and curling-related expenses such as travel, medical (chiropractor, massage therapist, physiotherapist, sport psychologist), equipment/clothing, training and skills development (fitness membership). Expenses that don’t qualify include meals and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and supplements, even if prescribed by a medical practitioner. Download Eligible Expenses

How to Apply for a Scholarship:

  1. Complete the application form.
  2. Submit a video (3-5 minutes) outlining why you feel you are a qualified candidate for this Scholarship. Include your experience and/or future plans that complement the criteria for the award. Explain how the Scholarship will help you pursue your goals.
  3. Submit a copy of your high school or university transcripts.
  4. Submit two letters of recommendation.

Application Deadline:
Application deadline for 2014 is midnight (Eastern Time) May 1, 2014. Successful applicants will be notified no later than May 31, 2014. If you have any questions please email bgallagher@sandraschmirler.org.

Application Process:
The Spirit of Sandra Junior Curling Scholarship Application can be filled out online. Once completed, you will need to print a copy in order to sign it. You can then scan it and email your completed application with your signed letter of agreement, grades/transcript, two letters of recommendation, letter of acceptance (if applicable) and YouTube video link (URL). Alternatively, you can mail the documents and video link to:

Spirit of Sandra Junior Scholarship

Sandra Schmirler Foundation

1660 Vimont Court

Orleans, Ontario

K4A 4J4

Attention: Brenda Gallagher

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