What is the Gary Field Memorial Award and Graduate Award Program?

The Graduate Award Program is a Ringette Nova Scotia sponsored program through which ringette players, coaches and officials who are graduating from Grade 12 can apply for one of four $250 scholarships offered on an annual basis.

The scholarships were founded to assist in covering the cost of post-secondary education for ringette players, coaches or officials who have demonstrated passion, commitment and leadership in the sport of ringette through active participation.

In 2008, one of the four scholarships was named the Gary Field Memorial Scholarship in honour of the late Gary Field, a dedicated volunteer whose mentorship and dedication to the officiating program has been deeply missed. Officials who apply to theGraduate Awards Program and who have displayed outstanding leadership and commitment in their role as an official with Ringette Nova Scotia will be automatically considered for this prestigious scholarship.

Do I qualify to apply?
Application for the Graduate Award Program may be made by any registered player, coach or official in their final year of high school that is or will be enrolled as a full-time student in a recognized post-secondary education institution for the coming academic year. Applicants must be a member of Ringette Nova Scotia and have must have been involved in the sport for at least 3 consecutive years.

How do I apply?
If you meet the entry qualifications, then you can apply for an award by filling out the RNS Graduate Award Program Application Form and submitting the signed application in person or by mail/courier to Ringette Nova Scotia no later than May 1st, annually.  If you have already confirmed your enrolment in a full-time program at a recognized post-secondary institution in Canada for the current academic year, then please include proof of enrolment with your application for this award. Applications should be mailed or delivered to Ringette Nova Scotia.

What happens after I send in my application?
After the closing date of May 1st, annually all applications will be reviewed by the Graduate Award Selection Committee.  The Selection Committee will confirm to all applicants the names of the successful candidates.  The Graduate Award recipients will be announced on June 1st.

Who will review my application?
The Graduate Award Selection Committee is assembled by Ringette Nova Scotia, and includes a small group of board and community volunteers who will individually review each application and make final selection. The Selection Committee reserves that right to decline a scholarship if a suitable application is not received. Decisions of the Selection Committee are final.

How do I receive the scholarship if my application is selected?
If you are one of the successful applicants, you will receive payment by cheque from Ringette Nova Scotia approximately two weeks after you submit proof of full-time enrolment in a recognized post-secondary educational institution in Canada. Funds will not be dispersed until enrolment has been accepted by the educational institution.

If I have a question who do I contact?
Send all of your requests via email to

Application Deadline:  May 1, annually - Fill out the Scholarship Form (click here) and send to the e-mail above.


Ringette Canada Scholarships


Agnes Jacks Scholarship

The Agnes Jacks Scholarships - are named in honour of Mrs. Agnes Jacks who, following the untimely passing of her husband Mr. Sam Jacks (Ringette's founder), picked up the gauntlet and became a dedicated and tireless promoter of the sport. Mrs. Jacks is a well-known and well-loved figure in the ringette community and over the years became known across Canada as Ringette's "goodwill ambassador".

This program provides a number of scholarships of $1,000 each towards post-secondary education for ringette players, coaches and officials who demonstrate strong academic performance combined with a commitment to the sport of ringette. The number of scholarships offered each year is determined by Ringette Canada's Board of Directors.

Ringette Canada Scholarships Page

Applications must be received by Ringette Canada no later than March 31.


Cara Brown Scholarship

The Cara Brown Scholarship, which recognizes and rewards combined performance in elite ringette and scholastics, is awarded to registered ringette players who are actively playing ringette at the elite (AA) level, who are entering a Canadian university on a full-time basis for the first time, and who combine academic excellence with a strong commitment to the sport of ringette. Two annual scholarships of $1000.00 each are provided and successful applicants also receive a certificate recognizing their achievements.

Ringette Canada Scholarships Page

Applications must be received by Ringette Canada no later than March 31


5-Count Ringette Goalie Scholarship

Recognizes and rewards ringette goalkeepers. Two scholarships in the amount of $250 each, will be awarded annually to registered players who are actively playing as a goalkeeper and to be used for a unique opportunity that will benefit them as a goalie, their team, and/or ringette in general. The scholarships have been made possible through the support of Keely Brown, Heather Konkin and the program they co-own, 5-Count Ringette Goalie Instruction.

Full details on how to apply for the 5-Count Ringette Scholarship can be found here:

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