Sport NL ac­cept­ing ap­pli­ca­tions for schol­ar­ship/ bur­sary pro­gram

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Ap­pli­ca­tions are now open for the 2013 Sport New­found­land and Labrador Schol­ar­ship Pro­gram. The dead­line for ap­pli­ca­tions is March 15.

The Sport New­found­land and Labrador Schol­ar­ship Pro­gram has dis­trib­uted thou­sands of dol­lars to de­serv­ing stu­dents around the province in it’s over 20-year his­tory.

The fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance it pro­vides to qual­i­fy­ing ama­teur ath­letes, coaches and of­fi­cials as­sists in off­set­ting costs of train­ing and com­pe­ti­tion. In or­der for stu­dents to qual­ify for a schol­ar­ship, they must be res­i­dents of New­found­land and Labrador, at­tend­ing a post-sec­ondary in­sti­tu­tion and be reg­is­tered mem­bers of a pro­vin­cial sport or­ga­ni­za­tion.

“Sport is part of the healthy, well-rounded devel­op­ment of our youth, so we are pleased once again to help de­serv­ing ath­letes bal­ance their ath­letic and aca­demic re­spon­si­bil­i­ties,” said Rod Ni­choll, pres­i­dent of Sport NL.

“The abil­ity to award up to 20 aca­demic schol­ar­ships, val­ued at $500 each, means that Sport NL can as­sist hard work­ing and ded­i­cated ath­letes achieve both ath­letic and aca­demic goals.”

“Grants can help al­le­vi­ate some of the fi­nan­cial bur­den that our ath­letes face to­day, and that is some­thing government sup­ports be­cause it gives our youth a chance to lead balanced lives in the class­room and out­side,” added Terry French, Min­is­ter of Tourism, Cul­ture and Recre­ation.

“This pro­gram is an ac­knowl­edge­ment of the hard work hap­pen­ing in class­rooms, li­braries, gym­na­si­ums and other fields of play.”

For the sixth year, the Frank T. But­ler Me­mo­rial Schol­ar­ship is be­ing spon­sored by Sport New­found­land and Labrador. Val­ued at $1,000, the schol­ar­ship com­mem­o­rates Frank But­ler, who was vi­tal to the devel­op­ment of ath­let­ics at Me­mo­rial Univer­sity, and played an in­te­gral part in de­vel­op­ing in­ter-univer­sity sport ex­pe­ri­ence across Canada.

All ap­pli­ca­tions for the Sport New­found­land and Labrador Schol­ar­ship Pro­gram will be used to se­lect the win­ners of the $5,000 Team Gushue Schol­ar­ship Award.

The Team Gushue award is pre­sented an­nu­ally dur­ing the Pre­mier’s Ath­letic Awards re­cep­tion. Ath­letes must ap­ply through the Spor t New­foundl and and Labrador Schol­ar­ship Pro­gram to be el­i­gi­ble for this award.

The Team Gushue Schol­ar­ship Award for Aca­demic and Ath­letic Ex­cel­lence was es­tab­lished in 2007 in recog­ni­tion of Team Gushue’s gold medal vic­tory at the 2006 Win­ter Olympic Games. The Award will be pre­sented to one male and one fe­male ath­lete an­nu­ally, who are cur­rently at­tend­ing, or plan­ning to at­tend, a rec­og­nized post-sec­ondary in­sti­tu­tion and have com­peted in a na­tional or in­ter­na­tional level sport­ing com­pe­ti­tion in their last com­pet­i­tive sea­son.

For more, visit the Sport NL web­site at

Photo by Ni­cholas Mercer/the Com­pass

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