Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that a total of 355 players have been awarded OHL Scholarships for the 2009-10 academic year.
This figure represents the highest number of players that have ever received an OHL Scholarship. Last season the league awarded 316.
The 355 OHL Academic Scholarship recipients consist of 164 student athletes that currently play in the league, with another 191 awarded to graduates that are enrolled in 65 different post-secondary institutions across North America.
“The OHL is very pleased this season to announce our highest number of academic scholarships ever” commented OHL Commissioner David Branch. “The OHL Scholarship Program is designed for the student athlete allowing them to achieve the best of both worlds when it comes to hockey and academic goals. The OHL continues to be the number one supplier of talent to the National Hockey League and to Canadian Interuniversity Sport.”
The University of Guelph Ontario leads the way with 26 OHL Academic Scholarship recipients followed by the University of Western Ontario with 21. Carleton University in Ottawa and Gannon University in Erie, PA both have 16 recipients.
“The OHL Scholarship Program is one of the most flexible and financially rewarding scholarships in North America” said Joe Birch, OHL Director of Recruitment and Education Services. “The OHL provides a player and his family the opportunity to play in the premiere development league, in addition, a player does not have to jeopardize his academic standing.”
The OHL Scholarship Program is funded by the member Clubs of the OHL.
While playing in the OHL, every player is on a full scholarship which covers tuition, textbooks, compulsory fees and room and board as paid by his OHL Member Team. Once a player graduates from the OHL, he will receive a minimum scholarship of tuition, textbooks and compulsory fees towards an undergraduate degree for each year played in the Ontario Hockey League. An OHL Scholarship can also be applied to Technical or Trade Schools, Firefighting or EMS in addition to the traditional university or college four-year undergraduate degree or diploma. Scholarships can be utilized at any recognized university or college in the world.
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