The Sandra Schmirler Foundation today awarded six student-curlers with scholarships of $5,000 each and a chance to work with a world champion mentor as they pursue their dreams on and off the curling ice. This year’s Spirit of Sandra Scholars hail from Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island and join over 40 former Spirit of Sandra Scholars in keeping Sandra Schmirler’s legacy strong.
The Spirit of Sandra class of 2021 includes Alison Umlah (Nova Scotia), Bella Croisier (Ontario), Hannah Gargul (Quebec), Jamie Smith (Ontario), Lauren Ferguson (Prince Edward Island), and Piper Croisier (Ontario).
“Each of our scholars excel both athletically and academically. And, they are all engaged with their communities and committed to giving back to curling and keeping Sandra’s legacy alive,” said Foundation board member Cathy Overton-Clapham.
As well as receiving a $5,000 scholarship, the student-curlers will receive mentoring from Overton-Clapham, a world champion and five-time Scotties Tournament of Hearts champion.
Each Spirit of Sandra Scholar will organize a fundraising event to benefit the Sandra Schmirler Foundation and to keep Sandra’s legacy alive. At the end of the 2021-2022 curling season, the scholars will award a $10,000 grant to a hospital of their choice for the purchase of life-saving equipment to help save babies born too soon, too small or too sick.