Youth Scholarships

FOR THE LOVE OF CURLING SCHOLARSHIP

The For the Love of Curling Scholarship is intended for young Canadian athletes who excel in curling, maintain a good level of academic standing, and demonstrate a strong commitment to their community through leadership volunteer activities. 

It’s thanks to the generous support of the curling community across Canada, including the Governor General’s Curling Club members, that we can play this collective role in supporting the next generation of passionate, talented, and caring curlers.

This year, ten scholarships, each valued at $2,500, two of which are presented by the Governor General’s Curling Club, will be awarded to talented curling student-athletes to support the pursuit of their curling and academic dreams. 

FRAN TODD ALL HEART
SCHOLARSHIP

The Fran Todd All Heart Scholarship is intended for young Canadian curling student-athletes who embody the values of curling, place the highest priorities on giving back to the sport, are passionate about sharing curling with their community, and maintain a good level of academic standing. 

It’s thanks to the generous support of the curling community across Canada, including the annual philanthropic impacts of Mrs. Fran Todd, that we can play this collective role in supporting the next generation of passionate, talented, and caring curlers.

This year, ten scholarships, valued at $2,500 each, will be awarded to compassionate compassionate junior curling student-athletes to support the pursuit of their academic and community volunteer impact dreams.

The application submission period for the 2024 For the Love of Curling and Fran Todd All Heart Scholarships is now closed. 

Many thanks to all student-athletes from across Canada who took the time to send in a submission; successful candidates
will be notified by the end of August.

APPLICATION & ELIGIBILITY

Two exciting scholarship opportunities through one application process.

The deadline for submissions is June 9, 2024

GET TO KNOW OUR 2023 RECIPIENTS…

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AIDAN MacDONALD

“Being a role model for younger curlers is important because they are the future of the sport. Having someone to look up to, who comes from the same place and achieved what you dream about is important in the early stages of development. I hope to have a positive influence on the next generation by continuing to volunteer with local junior programs and running a learn to curl within the next year.”
—Aidan MacDonald

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ALISON UMLAH

“I feel privileged to be awarded such a special scholarship among a talented field of student-athletes. It’s opportunities like this that inspire junior curlers and encourage them to continue learning and growing, both on and off the ice.”
—Alison Umlah

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ARYN THIBAULT

Program Description: Encourage community members to try the sport of curling, introduce people to the great sport of curling, and create a safe place and community for all.
“I find it very rewarding to see how much kids and people you have coached in past years have learned and improved, knowing that you played a part in their curling journey. I want to be someone who makes others feel safe and accepted through kindness, respect and adaptability.” —Aryn Thibault

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BENJAMIN MORIN

“Whenever I step onto the ice to practice or compete, my mind suddenly becomes calm and all of life’s stressors seemingly fade away. Curling allows me to display my competitive fire in a fun, friendly and supportive environment. The camaraderie and atmosphere of the curling community is special and it is something I value dearly. It is difficult to imagine life without curling.”
—Benjamin Morin
Presented by the Governor General's Curling Club

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HANNAH GARGUL

“Through volunteering at my home club, helping with the junior program, mentoring young teams, taking part in open houses and speaking passionately about curling everywhere I go, I hope that I can make some sort of a difference whether it be by helping someone find a place they feel they belong or encouraging a young curler to take on a new challenge.”
—Hannah Gargul
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JAYDEN KING

“I have a passion for equity, diversity and inclusion and want to continue facilitating an accepting and welcoming curling community where all individuals are valued and empowered. I will use this opportunity to continue taking leadership roles in the curling community and look forward to the expanded role I will have in the growth and development of our sport.”
—Jayden King

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KEELIE DUNCAN

“Curling brings people together from everywhere and it’s a sport that has been passed down through generations. I love that I get to be a part of this amazing community. Curling is a sport that I can also pass down to younger generations and help grow the sport, which is wonderful. I love curling with all of my heart, and it helps me grow as a woman and athlete.”
—Keelie Duncan

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KYLE STRATTON

“Curling in my experience has been a very accepting and open space where you can be who you are. That is very important to me as a 2SLGBTQIA+ curler and why I love the sport as much as I do. I aspire to be someone that the younger generations of curlers can look up to. I want to be someone who younger curlers can look at and say, ‘I want to be like him one day.’”
—Kyle Stratton

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MADISON KLEITER

“The curling community has provided me with countless opportunities for growth and improvement. Through local and national clubs and competitions, I have been able to hone my skills and showcase my talent. These experiences allowed me to gain recognition from organizations such as Curling Canada that are passionate about supporting young athletes like myself. I feel truly fortunate to be part of a community that values not only the sport but also the academic development and success of its members.”
—Madison Kleiter

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MADISON KLEITER

Program Description: Outreach to communities, including on- and off-ice curling workshops. Program to be built upon equity, diversity, and inclusion and to provide a safe space for communication.
“The goal for my program is to create a more inclusive environment where everyone feels welcome and valued and to help engage more individuals in the sport of curling. Fostering inclusivity in curling ensures equal opportunities for everyone to participate and excel in the sport.” — Madison Kleiter

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REBECCA DOHERTY

Program Description: A one-day program to introduce students from schools in Ottawa to curling.
“The main objective of my program is to open new doors for students and allow them to experience something they may not have been able to because of numerous barriers. The opportunity will allow more diversity in our curling community and continue the path of inclusivity.” — Rebecca Doherty

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SARAH McNEIL LAMSWOOD

“Competing is emotionally and physically difficult and the support I have received is a major factor in my success. I am thankful for all my coaches and teammates, and I am grateful that my curling community never gave up on me. Even though I went through many years without success, they always believed in me, and their hope played the biggest role in who I am as a curler today.”
—Sarah McNeil Lamswood

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SIMON PERRY

Program Description: Further grow and diversify the local curling population as well as helping new immigrants to find a sense of community.
“As I see it, true inclusivity, diversity, and equity should occur in all areas. My curling program intends to provide newcomers to Canada with a sense of community and feeling welcome and hopefully ignite their very own passion for the amazing sport of curling.” — Simon Perry

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SOPHIE BLADES

“I hope to be an uplifting and supportive role model for young curlers, as I continue to help them learn. I also hope that they will feel a genuine love and connection to this great sport, that is shared by so many worldwide!”
—Sophie Blades

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TYLER POWELL

Program Description: A five-week program to introduce new Canadians and Ukrainian refugee children aged 10-18 to curling.
“I am passionate about the growth of curling in Canada. I want this program to introduce curling to Ukrainian refugee children and new Canadians as I feel like these communities normally don’t have opportunities readily available for them to try sports, and it is important to me to create an opportunity for them to try curling and feel welcome in our curling community.” — Tyler Powell

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ZOE CINNAMON

“It’s important to interact with the younger generation so they have role models as they carve their own path through curling. I intend to continue volunteering with youth in curling to show them that they can achieve anything they put their minds to and keep curling at a high level myself to show what you can become if you put in the hard work and dedication.”
—Zoe Cinnamon

The application period for the 2022 For the Love of Curling Scholarship program is
May 1, 2022 to June 30, 2022 

Please visit again during that time frame for full submission details.

Past recipients: for the love of curling SCHOLARSHIP

2022

Sean Beland
Brianna Cullen
Emily Deschenes
Jackson Dubinsky
Cate Fitzgerald
Rachel Jacques
Isabelle Ladouceur
Kibo Mulima
Emma Nagel
Carter Parenteau
Cassie Rogers

2018

Kyle Doering
Lindsay Dubue
Tanner Horgan
Ryan Jacques
Kaitlyn Jones
Ryan Lamswood
Dustin Mikush
Kate Sherry
Selena Sturmay
Glenn Venance

2014

Matt Allan
Corryn Brown
Daniel Grant
Leah Hodgson
Sarah Koltun
Derek Oryniak
Jocelyn Peterman
Rebecca Roberts
Kalia Van Osch
Cathlia Ward

2021

Ryleigh Bakker
Piper Croisier
Calissa Daly
Celeste Gauthier
Chantel Hoag
Jordon McDonald
Christopher Pratt
Michaela Robert
Carly Smith
Jamie Smith
Jonhson Tao

2017

Nicholas Bissonnette
Kira Brunton
Krysta Burns
Sarah Daniels
Donald DeWolfe
Robert Gordon
Sara Guy
Matthew Hall
Sarah Hoag
Matthew Manuel
Brooks Roche
Megan Smith
Mackenzie Zacharias

2020

Catherine Clifford
Gabriel Dyck
Lauren Ferguson
Abby Marks
Jaedon Neuert
Dylan Niepage
Lauren Rajala
Jamie Scott
Taylour Stevens
Nathan Young

2016

Maxime Blais
Karlee Burgess
Kristin Clarke
Megan Daniels
Krista Fesser
Hayden Forrester
Jessica Humphries
Sterling Middleton
Tyler Tardi
Daniel Wenzek

2019

Bella Croisier
Skylar Ackerman
Émile Asselin
Chantele Broderson
Émilia Gagné
Lauren Lenentine
Paige Papley
Wil Robertson
Desmond Young
Emily Zacharias

2015

Carson Ackerman
Chantal Allan
Emily Gray
Jessica Iles
Janique LeBlanc
Laura Masters
Erin Pincott
Thomas Scoffin
Kristen Streifel
Karsten Sturmay

Past recipients: fran todd all heart SCHOLARSHIP

2023

Rebecca Doherty
Madison Kleiter
Simon Perry
Tyler Powel
Aryn Thibault

2022

Jessica Byers
Kaamraan Islam
Kya Kennedy
Ashleigh McKinnon
Sitaye Penney
Wil Robertson
Luke Robins
Logan Strand

*As of 2024, the Fran Todd All Heart Award has transitioned to the Fran Todd Scholarship

Investing in our future

Investing in our future

Thanks to the generous support of the curling community, each year a cohort of deserving student athletes are awarded scholarships to help them follow their dreams on and off the ice.

These young athletes are the future of our great sport, by investing in them today, we are supporting tomorrow’s champions, community leaders, coaches, and volunteers.

BRODIE BAZINET

For the Love of Curling
Curling Canada

PHONE

1.800.550.2875 x127
1.613.834.2076 x127

EMAIL

[email protected]







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