Western Hockey League Commissioner Ron Robison announced today that a total of 317 WHL graduate players have been awarded WHL Scholarships for the 2014 – 2015 academic year.
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The WHL Scholarship recipients are enrolled as full-time students in 79 different post-secondary institutions throughout North America.
This year, 187 of the 317 WHL Scholarship recipients are furthering their education while playing elite hockey at the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) level. In Western Canada 118 of these student athletes are playing in the Canada West University Conference (CWUAAA), and have combined their WHL Scholarship with additional financial assistance from their University to receive Western Canada’s Premier Hockey Scholarship.
The University of Saskatchewan (Saskatoon, SK) leads the way with 31 WHL graduates enrolled in full time studies while 30 former WHL players are registered at the University of Alberta (Edmonton, AB). The University of Calgary has 24 WHL graduates attending while the University of British Columbia has 19 former WHL players enrolled. The University of Regina has 16, Lethbridge has 15 WHL graduates, while Mount Royal University (Calgary) and the University of Manitoba each have 14 WHL graduates enrolled in full time studies.
Among the 2014-15 WHL Scholarship recipients, 56 WHL graduates are enrolled at Universities in Eastern Canada with 49 currently playing hockey in the Ontario and Atlantic Conferences of the CIS. 68 WHL graduates are enrolled at a Canadian College or other post-secondary institution, or in a trade or technical training institution, with 20 grads currently playing hockey in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) or the BC Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL). Six WHL graduates are attending a post-secondary institution in the United States.
Administered by the WHL office, the WHL Scholarship is solely funded by the member Clubs of the WHL. This season WHL Clubs will contribute $2.0 million to graduates utilizing the WHL Scholarship.
“The WHL and all of our Member Clubs are very proud to be the leading provider of hockey scholarships in Western Canada”, commented WHL Commissioner Ron Robison. “The WHL ownership takes tremendous pride in continuing to provide our graduate players with the most comprehensive scholarship program available in North America today.”
Every player who plays in the WHL is eligible to receive the WHL Scholarship. For every season a player plays in the WHL, they receive a full year guaranteed WHL Scholarship, including tuition, textbooks and compulsory fees, to a post-secondary institution of their choice. In addition, over 140 current WHL players are receiving financial assistance to enroll in post-secondary classes while playing in the WHL. The WHL and Athabasca University have partnered to offer, through online and other distance education vehicles, fully accredited university courses to any WHL player interested in further pursuing post-secondary studies while playing in the WHL.
The WHL continues to be the leading provider of Hockey Scholarships in Western Canada. Since 1993, the Western Hockey League has awarded more than 5,200 Scholarships to graduate players, representing an investment by WHL ownership of more than $17 million.
The WHL Scholarship is considered to be the most attractive and flexible hockey scholarship due to the fact it is a fully guaranteed academic scholarship with no requirement to play university hockey to qualify, and the student athlete can apply the funding to any post-secondary program of his choice.