Click here to download the registration form for all Ringette Canada Scholarships.
Application procedure for all Ringette Canada Scholarships:
- Applications must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Subject line must read: Bourses d’études / Scholarship Awards – your name.
- Application and supporting documents must be compiled into one (1) file. (PDF format preferred).
- Application file name must be: your name.
- The Ringette Canada office must receive applications electronically no later than March 31 of each year. Applications sent via hard copy to the Ringette Canada office will not be accepted.
- Please submit only one form when applying for multiple scholarships.
A member of the Order of Canada, Agnes Jacks was the widow of Sam Jacks, who invented the sport of ringette in 1963 in North Bay, Ontario. While the sport lost Mr. Jacks’ guiding hand through his untimely passing in 1975, the ringette community continued to benefit greatly from Agnes’s dedicated and enthusiastic promotion of the sport both within Canada and around the world.
Over the years, Agnes proved herself to be truly dedicated, not only to the sport but also to the people in ringette. She faithfully attended numerous ringette tournaments and championship events and never failed to provide just the right word of enthusiasm or congratulations to players, coaches, officials and spectators. The ringette community appropriately laid claim to Agnes as its very own goodwill ambassador.
In 1998, Agnes Jacks proudly lent her name to a scholarship awards program designed to recognize ringette players, coaches and officials who demonstrate strong academic performance and commitment to the sport of ringette. The scholarships are awarded annually on June 1st.
Sadly, the ringette community lost its goodwill ambassador on April 1, 2005, when Agnes passed away in her hometown of North Bay, Ontario. The Agnes Jacks Scholarship Awards program will continue to pay tribute to her memory and future recipients will be forever inspired by her dedication and love of ringette.
The Agnes Jacks Scholarship Awards program provides a number of scholarships of $1,000 each towards post-secondary education for ringette players, coaches and/or officials who demonstrate a strong commitment to the sport of ringette. Recipients receive a scholarship award certificate recognizing their achievements. Ringette Canada’s Board of Directors determines the number of scholarships offered each year.
Application for an Agnes Jacks Scholarship Award may be made by:
- ringette players registered with one of Ringette Canada’s provincial/territorial member associations,
- NCCP-certified ringette coaches, and
- active on-ice ringette-certified officials.
Applicants must be enrolled full-time in a recognized post-secondary education institution for the next academic year. Applicants must meet the admission standards of the educational institution specified, which must be a university, college or other educational institution located in Canada providing courses at a post-secondary school level. Applicants must have actively participated in ringette as player, coach or on-ice official for at least five of the last seven years and must be registered in the current playing season. Successful applicants will be those who have demonstrated sustained commitment to the sport of ringette through playing, coaching, officiating and other volunteer activities.
Ringette Canada will not release scholarship funds until proof of registration as a full-time student at a Canadian university for the next academic year has been provided. Scholarship funds must be applied to the academic year for which the scholarship was awarded. Ringette Canada is unable to grant requests to defer scholarships from one academic year to the next.
The Cara Brown Scholarship provides two (2) annual scholarships of $1,000 each towards post-secondary education for competitive ringette players at the AA level (or at the highest level offered in the applicant’s community) who are entering a Canadian university on a full-time basis for the first time and have demonstrated academic excellence combined with a strong commitment to the sport of ringette. Funding for the Cara Brown Ringette Scholarship is provided by Brown Economic Consulting Inc., which supports many community events and courses through sponsorship and donations.
This scholarship is intended to ease the financial hardship that students encounter when trying to balance their commitments as athletes and as students. If it means that you continue to play ringette, then I will have accomplished my mission.
While I would not trade my university education for anything, I am comforted at having no regrets in perhaps trading off a few points on my GPA to go to the national championships (which invariably collide with final exams). I knew it then and persisted.
You can always upgrade that GPA or resume university studies after your athlete days are over. You can’t always perform at the elite level with the grace under pressure your youth will grant you – so seize both now! – Cara Brown
BIO – Cara Lane Brown, M.A. (Economics and Law)
What can a ringette player aspire to after winning gold at the Canadian Ringette Championships? To follow Cara Brown’s example, she can go on to participate in a total of seventeen national championships from 1980 to 1998, to be named to the all-star team on ten occasions, to experience three World Ringette Championships (winning gold twice), and to play in the 1998 International Summit Series against Finland. This is what Cara has done in her spare time. Cara’s drive, commitment to excellence and success is not limited to an outstanding twenty-seven-year AA ringette career in Ontario and Alberta. She graduated with a Master of Arts degree in economics at the age of twenty-one and spent more than seven years as a senior economic consultant and expert witness. Then, in 1991 Cara established her own economic consulting firm, Brown Economic Consulting Inc. (BEC). Headquartered in Calgary with offices in Atlantic Canada and British Columbia, BEC Inc. is a forensic economic consulting firm specializing in the calculation of economic damages in civil litigation cases such as personal injury, wrongful death, sexual assault, wrongful confinement and wrongful imprisonment. Her firm quantified damages for the Milgaard family.
Cara authored a first-of-its kind economics loose-leaf book in 2000 entitled Damages: Estimating Pecuniary Loss, published by Canada Law Book. This serves as a practical guide in civil litigation cases for both new and experienced lawyers and is based on her more than 120 court appearances as an expert witness. Cara initiated, designed and taught Women, Work and the Economy, an undergraduate course at the University of Calgary (1996-99), as well as being a sessional instructor and guest lecturer at the University for other undergraduate economics and law courses. She has published more than twenty articles. She is listed in the 2000 edition of Who’s Who of Canadian Sport, and was selected for the Ringette Canada Hall of Fame in 2002 in the ‘Athlete’ category. Cara was profiled in the Royal Bank’s “Champions” newsletter (“Breakthroughs and Resources for Women Entrepreneurs”) in their fall/winter 2004 Issue 2 Volume 7.
Cara has also been blessed in her personal life, sharing the past 18 years with her lovely longtime partner, Maureen; and enjoying many special friendships within the ringette community and through her work experiences.
Application for a Cara Brown Ringette Scholarship may be made by ringette players who:
- are registered with one of Ringette Canada’s provincial/territorial member associations and are actively playing ringette at the AA level (or at the highest level offered in the applicant’s community) during the current playing season,
- will be entering a Canadian university on a full-time basis for the first time in the next academic year,
- have achieved academic excellence (minimum B average or equivalent), and
- have demonstrated a strong commitment to the sport of ringette.
Applicants must be planning to attend a university located in Canada and be able to meet the institution’s admission standards.
Ringette Canada will not release scholarship funds until proof of registration as a full-time student at a Canadian university for the next academic year, and confirmation of a B average (as defined by the applicant’s institution) is provided.
The 5-Count Ringette Goalie Scholarship provides two scholarships in the amount of $250 each and are awarded annually to registered players who are actively playing as a goalkeeper and the scholarships are to be used for a unique opportunity that will benefit them as a goalie, their team, and/or ringette in general. The scholarships have been made possible through the support of Keely Brown, Heather Konkin and the program they co-own, 5-Count Ringette Goalie Instruction.
Heather and I are really excited to be offering this award specifically for ringette goalies. We have enjoyed our years of playing goal and instructing ringette goalies so much, and it is important to us (and 5-Count) to take time to give back to the ringette community that has supported both of us over the years. – Keely Brown
BIO – Keely Brown, co-owner of 5-Count
Co-owner of 5-Count Ringette Goalie Instruction, Keely is a leader in the ringette community as both a goalie and a goalie instructor. Highlights of Keely’s accomplishments include:
- Inducted into the Ringette Canada Hall of Fame in 2014 in the athlete category
- 22 years goalie instructing experience, 29 years playing experience
- 12 years on the Canadian national team, ten years on the Canadian Roller Hockey Team
- National Ringette League champion and Goalie of the Year honors, goalie for the Edmonton WAM!
- World Ringette Championship player of the game and tournament honours
- Author of “The Complete Guide to Ringette Goaltending” and “The Complete Guide to Ringette Goaltending’s Ringette Goalie Warm Ups, Conditioning and Off Ice Skills”
- Goalie coach for the U19 Team Canada West team at 2012 U19 World Championships
- Goalie coach for the 2013 senior national ringette team
- Assistant coach for the national inline hockey team
BIO – Heather Konkin, co-owner of 5-Count
Co-owner of 5-Count Ringette Goalie Instruction, Heather recently helped the Edmonton WAM! win gold in the 2011 National Ringette League championship, and backstopped Team USA to a bronze medal at the 2010 World Ringette Championship. Highlights of Heather’s accomplishments include:
- 15 years goalie instructing experience, 20 years playing experience
- Goalie for Team Alberta Canada Winter Games, 2003
- Goalie for Team USA, 2010
- National Ringette League champion, goalie for the Edmonton WAM!
- Assistant coach, Edmonton Elite U19AA program for six seasons, winning two bronze medals at the Canadian Ringette Championships
- Head instructor and goalie instructor for Ft McMurray Ringette School for five summers
- Goalie coach for the U19 Team Canada West team at 2012 U19 World Championships
- Member of the Ringette Canada board of directors (athlete representative)
- Assistant coach for Team Alberta at the 2015 Canada Winter Games
Application for a 5-Count Ringette Goalie Scholarship can be made by ringette goalies who have been a goalkeeper for the past three years. Ringette Canada will not release scholarship funds until proof that the athlete has been a goalkeeper for the past three years has been provided.