Spirit of Sandra Scholarships

Spirit of Sandra Canadian Junior Curling Scholarships

These $5,000 Canadian Junior Curling Scholarships are funded entirely through Crowd Sweeps™ at curling events or other events, including 50/50 draws and Sandra Schmirler Day breakfasts held at curling clubs across Canada. No tax receipted donor dollars are used to fund Spirit of Sandra Scholarships. 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, three-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 while pursuing post secondary education while taking a minimum of 3 courses. Recipients must be 20 years of age or under as of June 30, 2015 and therefore eligible to compete as a junior curler. 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, 2017.

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 shown a commitment through their involvement in volunteer activities.
  2. Applicants must be attending, or planning to attend university, college or a CEGEP.
  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 June 30, 2016, 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 and curling expenses are outlined in the Eligible Expenses document. Download Eligible Expenses

How to Apply for a Curling Scholarship:

  1. Be sure to save the application form to your computer, complete the form and then “save as” a new file with your initials.
  2. Submit a YouTube 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 2016 is midnight (Eastern Time) May 30, 2016. Successful applicants will be notified no later than June 15, 2016. If you have any questions please email bgallagher@sandraschmirler.org.

Application Process:
The Spirit of Sandra Junior Curling Scholarship Application must be filled out online. Once completed, you will need to “save as” a new file with your initials. Please create one PDF document that includes your completed application, your signed letter of agreement, grades/transcript, two letters of recommendation, letter of acceptance (if applicable) and email to bgallagher@sandraschmirler.org with the YouTube video link included in the body of the email.

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