Scholarship Recipients

Cornwall Collegiate & Vocational School

2010  Jordon Brown

High School Graduate: CCVS June 2010

University: Lakehead University, ThunderBay, ON in September, 2010

Major: Kinesiology

2008  Brandi Atwell

High School Graduate: CCVS June 2008

University: Potsdam University, NY, USA in September, 2008

Major: Arts

Future Goal: Teaching PE and/or involved with sports

Activities: ice hockey and soccer

Brandi says:  "I was very honoured to receive the Jason Lapierre Memorial award... I personally didn't know Jason, but he seemed like a wonderful person.  I just wanted to say a special thanks to his family and his sister for letting me know more about Jason.  I wasn't expecting this scholarship to have such meaning.  Eventho I have never met him, he has still touched my life, by helping me pursue my dreams..."

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University of Calgary

2017 - 2018   Jared Topham

The 2017-2018 recipient of the Jason Lapierre Memorial Scholarship at the University of Calgary is Mr. Jared Topham. Jared is a student in the Faculty of Kinesiology, a former alpine ski racer and current alpine ski coach.

2016 - 2017   Sophia Poscente

Congratuations to Sophia Poscente, the 2016-2017 recipient of the Jason Lapierre Memorial Scholarship at the University of Calgary. Ms. Sophia Poscente is a student in the Faculty of Kinesiology and a member of the Dinos Track & Field Team.

Sophia says:  “ As a student-athlete, my time is completely focused on school and training, so receiving scholarships allows me to maintain my academic and athletic focus, without the distraction of financial insecurity. I am currently studying kinesiology, with a major in biomechanics. I also compete on the Dinos track and field team as a hammer-/weight-thrower. Following my undergraduate degree, I plan to complete my master’s in exercise physiology, and then possibly move on to become a physician. My dream job would be to become an obstetrician/gynocologist and support women and children who live in rural/remote areas. I cannot express my gratitude for receiving this scholarship enough."

2015 - 2016   Scott MacKay

Congratulations to Scott MacKay, a student in the Faculty of Kinesiology and a member of the Dinos Track and Field Team. He is the recipient of the 2015-2016 Jason Lapierre Memorial Scholarship at the University of Calgary. Scott is one of the 107 Dinos who were recognized as Academic All-Canadians by Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) for the 2014-15 academic year.

Scott says:  “Thank you so much for this student award! In allowing me to continue my education and pursue my career goals you have made a profound impact on my life. I understand the privilege of receiving awards as a student, and as such will strive to ensure your contributions go towards dedication and effort within and beyond my university life. As I am currently planning to apply for both medical and physiotherapy school, I cannot say with certainty where my career will end up. What I can say for sure is that my career goals involve helping others improve their quality of life, regardless of my position. At the risk of sounding redundant, thank you again for your generosity, it is much appreciated! “

2014   Kristin Exner

Congratulations to Kristin Exner, the 2014 recipient of the Jason Lapierre Memorial Scholarship. Kristin is a third year bachelor of kinesiology student at the University of Calgary.

2013   Sean Crooks

Congratulations to Sean Crooks, a former Olympic cross-country skiier, who retired from competition in 2010 to return to university.

Sean says:  "After an eight-year hiatus from school to pursue my athletic goals as a national/Olympic team ski racer, returning as a mature student has been difficult financially. Amateur sport was an amazing avenue to learn the value of hard work, travel the world, make lifelong friends, etc., but it does not set you up financially to be able to reach academic goals. I am so thankful for awards that help amateur athletes pursue excellence in school and in sport. Thank you for supporting me and past/future recipients of this award. It makes a huge difference. After my undergraduate degree, I hope to pursue a career in sports medicine. I am passionate about healthy active living and would like to have a career where I can serve as an information source, role model and leader in promoting healthy lifestyles. I knew Jason from his time in Thunder Bay. We both resided at a small lake community for a summer and were both training hard for our respective endurance sports. Jason was training for triathlon and I was training for cross country ski racing. We did some great workouts together and he had an amazing work ethic. Years later, we met up for a long road ride in Canmore, and Jason’s love for sport was just as I remembered it. I am currently racing road bikes for an Alberta club and we have competed in Jason's memorial race for the past few years. It's one of the top events in Alberta's cycling calendar. I often think of Jason when I train and compete in running, cycling or ski racing as well as in my pursuit of academic excellence. It is a great honour to receive this award. Thank you."

2012   Gloria Kanuka

Congratulations to Gloria who is a native of Calgary and a student in the Faculty of Science. She is a middle distance runner and competes for the Dinos.

2011   Grace Kary

Grace says, "I am unable to express how much awards like yours mean to students like me who have the responsibility of paying their own way through university." She hopes to pursue a career in either physiotherapy or sports medicine. Grace is a Dino and competes on both the cross-country and track teams.

2010   Spencer Pootz

Spencer is from Brampton, Ontario and is in the Faculty of Kinesiology. He is a member of the University of Calgary track and field and cross country teams. Some of Spencer's achievements from this year include running an 8:37 indoor 3000m and winning the 5k at Calgary's Mother's Day race.

2009   Julie Rabnett

Julie has graduated from kinesiology and plans to apply to medical school. She knew Jason from her ski racing days and spoke to him often about triathlons, a sport she was interested in getting involved in.

2007   Grant Burwash

Degree: BSc Kinesiology Program (in 5th year)

Future Goals: * Physiotherapy or a similar field
                          * Racing in World Cups

Activities: * Competes in triathlons, duathlons, running races                       and the ITU (International draft legal races) circuit
                    * Member of the Dinos cross country and track teams

Grant says:  "My name is Grant and I was the recipient of the Jason Lapierre scholarship this year.  I wanted to personally thank everyone who donated to this fund and let you know it is going to good use.  I had the privilege of meeting Jason a couple times, but cannot say that we knew each other that well.  Mostly I knew Jay's friends in the triathlon world.  With everything they have said about him over the years, it makes me wish I had a chance to get to know him. This scholarship is a wonderful legacy to Jason and I am glad it was put into place.  Student athletes these days face rising costs in training and school, this scholarship is a welcome addition to any students budget.  Thank you for helping me achieve my goals and I hope this scholarship and Jason's memory will continue to help others for many years to come."

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Jason's Life and Legacy