(Edmonton, AB) - The Edmonton Oilers Alumni was thrilled to announce this year's recipients of the 2017 Al Hamilton Scholarship during tonight's Edmonton Oilers game at Rogers Place. Blair Grimes of Edmonton, AB and Amy Jakubec of Viking, AB were joined by the scholarship's namesake, Al Hamilton, during a special presentation of this prestigious award.
Established in 2001, the Al Hamilton Scholarship is awarded annually to a student from Northern Alberta who excels in academics, athletics and community service. Recipients receive $2,000 per school year to a maximum of four years, equating to $8,000.
Al Hamilton, the first captain in Oilers history, wore the 'C' for four seasons in the World Hockey Association (WHA) and excelled as a defenceman and leader. When Hamilton's #3 Oilers 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.
"Education is very important to myself and my fellow Oilers Alumni," said Hamilton "It has been extremely rewarding for us to support outstanding youth in their pursuit of higher education. Seeing how they continue to grow in their academic careers, as well as how they give back to their local communities is inspiring to all of us."
For the first time since its inception, the Edmonton Oilers Alumni Association decided to award the Al Hamilton Scholarship to two outstanding recipients.
Blair Grimes is a committed multi-sport athlete, participating at elite levels in synchronized swimming and handball, while also making time to involve herself in several high school sports. In her spare time, she worked at a local senior's home, coached synchronized swimming and participated in her high school's Athlete Student Council. Her academic achievements have led her to pursue a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing at Edmonton's own MacEwan University.
"I was honoured to be chosen as a recipient for this prestigious award. Being recognized for this scholarship continues to show me that dedication to athletics, academics and my community is well worth the effort," said Grimes.
Amy Jakubec, no stranger to a challenge, has successfully managed a learning disability while achieving both academic and athletic success. Her athletic prowess led her to receive her high school's Female Athlete of the Year award three years in a row. Off the court, Amy continued to work hard and seek out additional resources to ensure she could be successful in the classroom. Her perseverance and achievements in both have led her to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Kings University with the hope of one day becoming a teacher.
"I have been blessed to have had many influential people in my life: family, friends, teachers, coaches. Each who have helped mold me into the person I am today. I look forward to being that volunteer, academic or athletic inspiration for others in the future," said Jakubec.