The OFSAA Alumni Scholarship Association is awarding four $500 scholarships to deserving students from this year’s eligible Associations: CISAA, COSSA, GHAC, NCSSAA, NWOSSAA and TDCAA. The Alumni Scholarship Association Selection Committee is pleased to announce that Susie Fox from St. Paul HS (NCSSAA), Rebecca Grootendorst of St. John’s Kilmarnock (CISAA), Emmanuel Adegboyega from Chaminade College (TDCAA) and Spencer Watson of Port Hope HS (COSSA) are this year’s recipients.
Susie Fox is a grade 12 student and was a multi-sport athlete during her years at St. Paul HS in Ottawa. She participated in track and field, cross country, hockey, basketball, and volleyball to name just a few during her high school years. She was also heavily involved in school-related groups like Social Justice, Intramurals, and Special Olympics. Susie’s involvement also extended into the community where she was an Artistic Swimming Coach, a Community Rink Supervisor and a Lifeguard and Swimming Instructor. In her personal statement, Susie said, “school sports was an excellent way for me to meet positive role models in my school,” which allowed her to share interests with like-minded people. Susie maintained a 90% + average as well and will be studying Engineering at Dalhousie University in the fall.
Emmanuel Adegboyega is a grade 12 student at Chaminade College School in Toronto. Emmanuel is an excellent student as well, maintaining a 90% + average throughout high school while being part of the school’s basketball, football and track and field programs each year. Demonstrating his significant time management skills, Emmanuel was also involved in school activities like the Student Council (where he was President for 2 years), Black History Month Committee and Special Events Set Up Crew. His extensive community involvement also includes being a community advocate for Social Justice and Change for the TCDSB, being the coordinator of the Kids with Autism Annual Party and as an Assistant Coach with Andre’s Giants sport program. In his letter to the committee, Emmanuel referred to the fact that sports has “taught me the importance of leadership, community, courage, respect and time management”. One of Emmanuel’s teachers commented that Emmanuel has “learned what it means to be committed, a leader, responsible, and dedicated to all of the activities” that he is involved in. Emmanuel will be enrolled in Criminology, Political Science and Psychology at Simon Fraser University in the fall.
Rebecca Grootendorst is a grade 12 student at St. John’s Kilmarnock in Breslau who was involved in field hockey, soccer, volleyball, basketball and track and field during her high school years while at the same time maintaining an average of above 92% in the International Baccalaureate Program. She was also part of the school’s Student Council, was a House Captain and was the founder/leader of the Women in STEM club at St. John’s Kilmarnock. In the community, Rebecca has been actively involved as a volunteer coach in summer school soccer camps and part of the organizing team of the Women in Sport Mentorship Program. In her letter to the committee, Rebecca emphasized how being involved in high school sports has helped her to develop the “work ethic required to push myself to be a better version of myself every day." The Athletic Director at Rebecca’s school emphasized that her “outstanding work ethic, combined with her passions for physical activity and a keen competitive spirit, have made her an invaluable SJK student-athlete and leader." In the fall, Rebecca will be studying Biomedical Engineering at the University of Waterloo.
Spencer Watson is a grade 12 student at Port Hope HS. Another outstanding student-athlete with an average of over 95%, Spencer participated in eight different sports during his high school career. Being involved in cross country, soccer, basketball, badminton, baseball, swimming and track and field clearly illustrate how organized and dedicated Spencer was towards both his studies and athletics. In addition, Spencer was a member of three different school advisory committees, including athletics, engineering and yearbook. In his letter to the committee, Spencer emphasized that being a part of sports teams “has provided me with a healthy outlet for dealing with the stresses of life” while one of his teacher-coaches noted that “his leadership, sportsmanship, and support of other team members has made him a huge asset to each team that he was a part of." In the fall, Spencer will be studying Architectural Conservation and Sustainability Engineering at Carleton University.
For more information on the criteria for selection and application requirements, please go to: https://www.ofsaa.on.ca/programs/scholarships/ofsaa-alumni