Each season, RBC selects an individual from each of Canada's 10 Junior A hockey league's as a recipient of $1,000 for their academic record, community involvement and application stating how hockey has helped them develop lifelong skills.
For 2011, Adam Thompson was selected as the British Columbia Hockey League's recipient.
Thompson, a third-year defenceman with the Vipers, will attend Yale University in the fall and has been taking English literature, Spanish, psychology and university writing courses at the local Okanagan College campus.
"I was pretty happy to get that kind of recognition for the effort I put in," said Thompson, 20. "I worked hard in those college classes; it's nice to see that the time put into those essays has paid off in more ways than one."
Each of the $1,000 winners is now eligible for another $5,000 scholarship that will be presented at the RBC Cup in May in Camrose, Alta. Vipers owner Duncan Wray hopes his team is successful enough that Thompson might be there along with his teammates to accept while competing for another national title.
“When I heard of Adam’s scholarship award, I couldn’t have been happier," said Wray. "He’s a great kid who works hard.
"Going to a school like Yale shows that he’s applied himself to his academics and just completing and submitting the extensive application shows his level of commitment. To be the sole BCHL player to win this award is a real feather in his cap.”
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