The Western Hockey League has recently announced that over the course of the 2019-20 academic year, 402 total scholarships were awarded to former players. This money was provided for both the fall the winter semesters of this past school year by the players’ respective WHL club.
With all WHL players eligible for scholarships, over 400 such young men followed through on one of the most-widely used assets of those continuing education following the completion of their junior careers. All players who have spent time within the league can receive the WHL Scholarship, giving the student full access to textbooks, course fees and tuition at any post-secondary institution of their choice.
For each season played in the WHL, a full year of education is covered. Any post-secondary career choice, degree, and/or trade is covered. Recipients do not have to be involved in the university hockey program to receive this monetary recompense. This offer is not in lieu of the the education coverage offered to current WHL players attending post-secondary institutions while skating within the league. This past season alone, nearly 200 players took advantage of this financial support system.
“The WHL and our Clubs are very pleased to see another year in which we can award more than 400 WHL Scholarships to our graduate players, allowing them to pursue post-secondary education,” said WHL Commissioner Ron Robison in a league-issued press release. “Each year, we see a remarkable number of graduates accessing their WHL Scholarships. This clearly demonstrates the commitment of WHL Club ownership to not only provide a world-class hockey experience, but also the most comprehensive scholarship available in North America today.”
The Brandon Wheat Kings are responsible for 11 of the 402 scholarships, while the Winnipeg ICE picked up the tab on 22. A further breakdown indicates that 249 of the scholarship recipients will be pursuing education in western Canada. 141 of the 249 will be playing university level hockey.
The University of Saskatchewan led the way with 39 full-time WHL graduates enrolled this season, while the University of Alberta had 38. UBC had 32, while the University of Calgary had 26. The University of Manitoba was fifth with 23 full-time former WHL players taking full-course loads in 2019-20. WHL graduates attended 82 different North American institutions in 2019-20 on the WHL Scholarship.
Provincial Summary: WHL Scholarships 2019-20
Alberta – 150
British Columbia – 94
Saskatchewan – 84
Manitoba – 42
USA / International – 32