Spirit of Sandra Scholarships

Spirit of Sandra Canadian Junior Curling Scholarships

These $5,000 Canadian Junior Curling Scholarships are funded through a Crowd Sweep™ at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts and other sporting events, including 50/50 draws and Sandra Schmirler Day breakfasts held at curling clubs across Canada. In addition to the financial support, provided by these curling scholarships, 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.

“I had such a great time meeting all of the Scholars and connecting with Jon and Cathy. We are all very fortunate to be part of this Foundation and I look forward to another exciting year of raising awareness for the Sandra Schmirler Foundation in our respective communities. Many friendships were made in those couple of days at camp. I hope we reconnect throughout the curling season or better yet, at nationals!”

– KristenStreifel, two-time Scholar,from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

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 with a minimum 3 course load. The Curling 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 university or college. Recipients must be 20 years of age or under as of July 1, 2015. The aim is to give talented junior curlers the opportunity to successfully combine their competitive curling pursuits with their academic studies (i.e. September through April) in a Canadian University or College setting.

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

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

Monetary Value of a Curling 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, 2016.

Criteria for Awarding Junior Curling 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 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 July 1, 2015, 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 with a 3 course load for at least one semester (Fall/Winter/Summer).
  7. The awardee will agree to organize a fundraising event for the Sandra Schmirler Foundation in the 12 months following receiving the Award.
  8. 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 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/uniforms, 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 Curling Scholarship:

  1. Be sure to “save as” a new file when you complete the application form.
  2. Submit a video (3-5 minutes) outlining why you feel you are a qualified candidate for this Scholarship. Helpful tips for creating your video are included in the application form.
  3. Submit a copy of your high school or university transcripts.
  4. Submit two letters of recommendation.

Application Deadline:
Application deadline for 2015 is midnight (Eastern Time) May 1, 2015. Successful applicants will be notified no later than June 1, 2015. 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 “save as” a new file with your initials. Then print a copy in order to sign it. Then scan 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 Curling Scholarship

Sandra Schmirler Foundation
18 Burndale Road
Ottawa, Ontario
K1B 3Y5

Attention: Brenda Gallagher

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