The Dallas Stars Foundation, in conjunction with the Gainey Foundation, today announced plans to expand the efforts of the Bob Gainey Honorary Scholarship Fund. The Bob Gainey Honorary Scholarship will now award a scholarship to two deserving Metroplex high school senior student-athletes each year based on academic achievement, community and extracurricular involvement, and financial need.
The Bob Gainey Honorary Scholarship Fund, established in 2003, previously designated one recipient a $5,000 scholarship to be paid out over four years. The Gainey Foundation and the Dallas Stars Foundation have both increased their commitments to the scholarship fund and will now award two, $10,000 scholarships to be paid out in $2,500 installments over the course of four years.
"My time in Dallas with the Stars was a very important chapter for both my family and my career," said Bob Gainey. "Being able to give back to deserving student-athletes who have big dreams is something my family and I are honored to be a part of and it's exciting to see what they are able to do with this opportunity."
The scholarship fund was established to honor the dedicated service of Bob Gainey as a member of the Dallas Stars Foundation Board of Directors during his tenure with the team. The recipients of the scholarship will be well-rounded student-athletes who possess a strong work ethic and high integrity, qualities espoused by the Dallas Stars and displayed by Mr. Gainey throughout his National Hockey League career. The deadline for submitting the application is April 10 and it can be found at https://www.nhl.com/stars/community/foundation-scholarships.
"We're thrilled to partner with the Gainey Foundation to expand this scholarship program. Bob Gainey continues to show his dedication to both the Dallas Stars Foundation and to the Dallas-Fort Worth community," stated Dallas Stars Chief Operating Officer and Foundation Board Chair Jason Farris. "Growing this fund and giving more student-athletes an opportunity to further their education is a pillar of the Foundation and we can't wait to see what opportunities this can create for these young people."
Gainey performed multiple roles over his two stints with the Stars. He was the club's head coach from 1990-1996, and served as General Manager of the team from 1992-2002. He then returned to the team as a Senior Advisor to the General Manager from 2012-14. During his stint as coach and general manager, he was the architect in leading the Stars franchise to seven consecutive playoff berths, five division titles, two Stanley Cup Finals appearances, and of course, the 1999 Stanley Cup championship.
A 1992 inductee into the Hockey Hall of Fame, Gainey won five Stanley Cups as a player, an NHL-record four Selke Trophies as the league's best defensive forward, as well as the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player of the 1978 Playoffs. In 1,160 career regular season NHL games, all with the Montreal Canadiens, Gainey amassed 239 goals and 262 assists for 501 points. He added 73 points (25 goals, 48 points) in 182 career Stanley Playoff contests. He was recently named to the list of 100 Greatest NHL Players, which was introduced in Los Angeles on Jan. 27 during the centennial celebration of the National Hockey League prior to the 62nd NHL All-Star Game.
The Dallas Stars Foundation was established to serve as a positive force throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. The Foundation focuses its efforts on providing support to the children of the community so they may lead quality lives and develop into contributing members of society. Through teamwork, interaction, and education, the Dallas Stars Foundation works to bring together all members of the Metroplex and build a bright future for today's youth.