(Edmonton) – Calling all prospective college and university students! The Edmonton Oilers Alumni Association has launched its annual Al Hamilton Scholarship Award and are accepting applications until May 27, 2016 for this prestigious recognition. High school students and prospective university or college students in Northern Alberta are eligible to apply. The Al Hamilton Scholarship Award is awarded annually to a student from Northern Alberta who excels in academics, athletics and community service. The value of this scholarship is $2,000 per school year to a maximum of four (4) years, equating to $8,000.
|Al Hamilton with last year's scholarship winner
The Edmonton Oilers Alumni Association is made up of passionate community members who have an ongoing commitment to providing deserving students the opportunity to pursue higher education.
When Hamilton’s #3 jersey was retired, the Edmonton Oilers Alumni Association created the scholarship in his name and it has since helped many deserving students further their education. When Hamilton selects the successful candidate, the student’s scholastic effort is important, but so is their overall character – their involvement in sports or other extracurricular activities and their level of need.
“I encourage all eligible students to apply because we’ve had some fantastic kids receive this award and to this day at the arena, I’ll have people come up to me and tell me that they won 20 years ago and how much it helped them, shared Hamilton. “When you see that you’ve helped people move along in life it’s amazing and they always pay it forward and begin to give back to the community themselves.
Hamilton, the former captain of the World Hockey Association Edmonton Oilers, was recently joined by over 150 fellow Oilers Alumni at the Oilers Farewell Night at Rexall Place on April 6, 2016. While it was a special occasion to catch up and reminisce with old friends, Hamilton emphasized the importance of giving back to the community and his pride in this city.
“Any Oilers Alumni appearance is great, but the Farewell Night was such a special experience for me and for everyone. It was great to connect with people we haven’t seen in over 35 years and engaging our Oilers Alumni from different eras was just incredible,” said Hamilton. “The Alumni were so humbled to be welcomed back to Edmonton by the fans and all expressed their gratitude for the community embrace
Last year’s 2015 Al Hamilton Scholarship Award recipient, Morgan Strynadka, has been keeping busy at the University of Alberta as a full-time student and member of the University of Alberta’s Synchronized Swimming Team, and has even taken up coaching the sport as well.
“I was very proud of myself for achieving this scholarship and for being recognized by the Edmonton Oilers Alumni Association,” said Strynadka. “The scholarship has allowed me to coach synchronized swimming and choose a job I like instead of having to take a job in order to pay for my university schooling.”
To apply, candidates must send in the completed application form alongside their most recent report card, a 500-word essay on why the candidate believes they deserve the scholarship and two letters of recommendation.