Scholarships & Awards
Supporting excellence in ringette and academics
Ringette Canada helps support promising young athletes through various scholarships and awards including:
Agnes Jacks Scholarship Awards
Agnes Jacks was the wife of the founder of ringette, Sam Jacks. From the moment her husband invented the sport, Agnes Jacks enthusiastically supported its development and promotion.
In honour of her dedication to ringette, the Agnes Jacks Scholarship Awards program provides several scholarships of $1,000 each.
Scholarships are awarded towards the post-secondary education of ringette players, coaches and officials who demonstrate a strong commitment to ringette.
Applications may be made by:
- Ringette players registered with one of Ringette Canada’s provincial/territorial member associations.
- NCCP-certified ringette coaches.
- 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 a 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 Ringette Scholarship
"You can always upgrade that GPA or resume of 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
CARA BROWN RINGETTE SCHOLARSHIP (2) - $1,500 per year
The purpose of the Cara Brown ringette scholarship is to aid ringette athletes in defraying the costs associating with attending post-secondary education. Because of academic scholarships I received, I was able to pursue my Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in economics and play ringette competitively without having to work part-time while in school. The 2021 article by Randy Pascal from The Sudbury Star kindly summarizes my 27-year ringette career. Along with those treasured ringette years, I have built a small business and found my life partner, Maureen, of more than 30 years.
The luxury of benefiting from a scholarship at a time when students need them the most cannot be underestimated. It assists the beneficiary to play ringette competitively while laying the foundation for home life and a career in the labour market. It opens up better options for young women than forcing them to choose when no choice is necessary.
It also gives me a chance to give back to the ringette community which has enriched my life so much. It would not have been possible if not for the parents (especially mine!), the coaches, referees, and many other volunteers who make the tournaments happen. And certainly it wouldn’t have been as enjoyable without the players I shared the ice with – some of the best ringette athletes in the world, and in Canada.
Applications may be made by ringette players who meet all of the criteria below:
- You 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.
- You are entering a Canadian university on a full-time basis for the first time in the next academic year.
- You have achieved academic excellence (minimum B average or equivalent).
- You 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 Award
"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
The 5-Count Ringette Goalie Award is made possible by the co-owners of 5-Count Ringette Goalie Instruction, Keely Brown and Heather Konkin. Brown and Konkin have both had successful, decades-long careers coaching and playing ringette at the elite level.
The 5-Count Ringette Goalie Award provides up to two awards in the amount of $250 each. They are presented annually to registered players who are actively playing as a goalkeeper. The money is to be used for a unique opportunity that will benefit their goalie pursuits, their team, and/or ringette in general.
Applications for a 5-Count Ringette Goalie Award can be made by ringette goalies who have been a goalkeeper for the past three years.
Ringette Canada will not release award funds until proof that the athlete has been a goalkeeper for the past three years has been provided.
The deadline for all scholarship applications is April 30th.