The Cara Brown Ringette Scholarship
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, while at school, 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 very few points on my GPA to go to the national championships (which invariably collided 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 (winning gold in 1980, 1990, 1992-97), 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 arising from personal injury, wrongful death, sexual assault, wrongful confinement or wrongful imprisonment. Her firm quantified $10 million in damages for the Milgaard family, after David Milgaard was exonerated following wrongful incarceration.
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 27 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.