Donald Kennedy Memorial Hockey Scholarship, News (Grimsby Minor Hockey)

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Donald Kennedy Memorial Hockey Scholarship
Submitted By Erin Tsilibanis on Saturday, November 17, 2018
Mr. Donald M. Kennedy passed away in October 2017 and his family has generously established a scholarship for a GMHA player in his memory.

Mr. Kennedy was a valued and highly respected member of the Grimsby Minor Hockey Association. In the late 1950’s, Mr. Kennedy played for the Peach Kings Hockey Club. He lived in Grimsby for more than 40 years and raised two children, with the family being quite active in the figure skating club and the GMHA. Mr. Kennedy dedicated many years to coaching in the GMHA which he cherished. He had an affinity to Bantam level travel, taking one team as far as the Ontario Minor Hockey Association Championships. His family feels that a scholarship for a Grimsby youth that loves playing the game of hockey would be the best way to honour his memory.



Policy: $1000 total to be distributed each year by the Kennedy family. The intent is for this to be an annual scholarship for one recipient per year as long as the Kennedy family remains in support.


1) Current player in the Grimsby Minor Hockey Association.

2) Demonstrates the following attributes: perseverance; strong work ethic; humility; leadership; great team player.


Required Documentation:

1) Maximum 400-word essay outlining why player feels they should be the recipient of the scholarship.

2) Summary of hockey background.

3) Supporting letter(s) from someone who can attest to required criteria. For example: coach, teammate, etc.


Committee: Decisions on the Scholarship recipient will be made solely by the Kennedy family. The VP Administration and VP Finance for the GMHA will be responsible for communicating call for the scholarship, collecting applications and dispersing funds for the scholarship.

Timing: For 2018 the deadline for applications will be December 14th. Every year after, the deadline will be July 14th, Mr. Kennedy’s birthday.

Deadline: December 14th 2018.

Payout: Money will be used towards GMHA hockey registration. Any remaining funds will be paid to the recipient via GMHA.

Notification: Selected candidates will be posted on the GMHA website and will be sent an email.

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