Two exceptional athletes got a financial boost for their studies this fall after being named as recipients of the Dan Snyder Memorial Scholarships on Tuesday night.Former Elmira Sugar Kings player Andrew Smith was chosen for the Sugar King category, while Samantha Nosal was named as the Woolwich Community open category.
The awards go to students enrolled in post-secondary institutions who have demonstrated principles of sportsmanship, determination, dedication, community involvement and scholastics.
“These two athletes have built up amazing resumes and are well deserving of this scholarship,” said Susan Van Every, one of the scholarship selection committee members.
A fourth-year Sugar King, Smith is coming off a strong season as he was the Kings’ star forward, scoring 44 goals and notching 34 assists in 49 games. Smith has graduated out of the Junior hockey system and will be attending the State University of New York at Plattsburgh in September studying marketing and playing for the Division 3 Plattsburgh Cardinals.
“It’s a great feeling to win this scholarship. The Snyders do so much for this community and I have been given so much as well that I am very grateful and can’t wait to see what happens in the future,” said Smith after being presented with a plaque in the backyard of Graham and LuAnn Snyder’s Park Avenue home.
For Nosal, the award is a fitting addition to her whirl-wind year as a member of the St. Clements ringette association and a member of the Canadian Junior ringette team. The St. Clements ringette team won nationals this past season and Nosal will be competing in the world championships for Canada in London, Ontario in December.
This fall she will be attending the University of Waterloo to study accounting and financial management.
“It’s definitely an honour to be recognized for such a prestigious award,” she said. “This will be an amazing boost to my schooling next year.”
Both athletes will receive $1,800 towards their post-secondary costs as well as a nameplate on a trophy that is housed in the Woolwich Memorial Centre.
“We are very proud and honoured to be able to offer this scholarship for athletes in the area,” said Graham Snyder. “Dan was always into sports, not just hockey and he would be proud of these two athletes. I hope they enjoy their experiences and all the great opportunities that sports have created.”
The scholarships were created in memory of Dan Snyder, the Atlanta Thrashers forward and local hockey hero who was killed in a car accident in October 2003. The awards have been presented annually since 2004. Funds were raised through donations from NHL players association and other donors.
Snyder was always hard working and completely dedicated to his team. He was an avid participant in community events and causes in each city he played in, and has community awards named after him in Atlanta, Chicago, and the Ontario Hockey League.