Golf Canada Foundation honours athletic and academic excellence for 2015-2016

Oakville, Ont. (Golf Canada) – Golf Canada announced today the 2015 scholarship recipients for the Golf Canada Foundation’s Canadian University/College Support Program.

A total of $53,500 in scholarships was awarded by the Golf Canada Foundation to 15 scholar-athletes this year.

The ClubLink Scholarships of Excellence were awarded to two students studying in British Columbia who have outstanding records in both academics and golf. The recipients are Carolyn Lee of Calgary, Alta. (University of British Columbia), and Brianna Carrels of Lethbridge, Alta. (University of Victoria). Each student will receive $5,000 towards their studies.

Claire Konning of Indian Mountain, N.B., and Myles Creighton of Digby, N.S., student-athletes at the University of Waterloo and Radford University (respectively), each received the Connor/Spafford Scholarship award ($7,500 each), presented to eligible students from Atlantic Canada, with an emphasis on Nova Scotia residents.

The Geordie Hilton Academic Scholarship award, presented to students entering their second year of business studies or beyond, was given to Eunice Hong of Thornhill, Ont., a standout golfer at the University of British Columbia.

Molly MacDermaid of Bathurst, N.B. (University of Mobile) received the Mary Ellen Driscoll Scholarship, awarded to a female citizen born or residing in New Brunswick. The award celebrates a life time achievement in golf for Mary Ellen Driscoll and has a value of $1,000.

Caroline Ciot of Brossard, QC. (Université de Montréal), and Emily Creaser of Edmonton, Alta. (University of British Columbia) each received one Canadian Seniors’ Golf Association (CSGA) scholarship valued at $3,000, while Evan Holmes of Calgary, Alta. (University of British Columbia) was presented with the John Powell Memorial Scholarship (valued at $3,000) in honour of John Powell, a former Executive Director of the CSGA, who passed away in 2011.

The Marlene Streit Golf Scholarship awards, valued at $3,000, and presented to standout Canadian female golf­ers attending Canadian universities and colleges, were given to Courtney Schubert of Calgary, Alta. (University of Calgary) and Ana Peric of Etobicoke, Ont. (University of Toronto).

Annie Lacombe of Laval, QC., (Vanier College) and Valérie Tanguay of St-Hyacinthe, QC. (University of Oklahoma) captured the Suzanne Beauregard Scholarship ($2,000 each). Sarah Dunning of Waterloo, Ont. (University of Toronto) was awarded the William Kucey Scholarship ($2,000).

This year also marked the introduction of a new scholarship offered by the Golf Canada Foundation. The Salsberg family approached the Foundation with the request that a scholarship be created and named in honour of the late Robert Salbserg, a family man who loved the game of golf and found that the sport improved his life and helped him deal with difficult life situations. Aaron Black of Grimsby, Ont. (Brock University) received the Robert Salsberg Scholarship valued at $1,500.

This year’s selection of scholarship recipients reflects a wide range of scholastic backgrounds, including health sciences, sociology, mathematics and business, as well as kinesiology and biomedical engineering. The impressive range of educational programs reinforces the Golf Canada Foundation’s commitment to supporting our future leaders and providing them with opportunities to study and stay in Canada.

“We are extremely proud to support young Canadians in their pursuit of academic and golfing excellence,” said Martin Barnard, CEO of the Golf Canada Foundation. “Supporting collegiate golf is an important part of the Foundation’s mission to support and promote participation in the game.”

The Golf Canada Foundation supports Canadian student golfers and the development of Canadian university and college golf programs. Its mandate is to raise and grant funds for the advancement of golf across the country.

Since 1982, the Golf Canada Foundation has awarded over $2.6 million in scholarships to promising young golfers, landscape architects and turf grass scientists. The scholarship program has been funded through generous donations from corporations, golf clubs, associations and individual friends of golf.

In 2004, the Golf Canada Foundation began a program of granting funds to universities and colleges across Canada to enhance the institutions’ golf programs and competitive golf opportunities. The Golf Canada Foundation believes golf is a valuable part of Canadian society and strives to elevate golf programs to help them become recognized as a core sport of Canadian Intercollegiate Sport (CIS).

The Golf Canada Foundation is the leading source for golf philanthropy in Canada. The Foundation’s mission is to support and promote programs that increase participation in golf by engaging players of all ages and abilities across Canada. For more information on the Golf Canada Foundation, click here.