Ernie Gare, athletic director and coach at Notre Dame University, started the first university athletic scholarship program in Canada. Many Nelson Maple Leaf hockey players were scholarship recipients along with members of the National Ski Team.
The scholarship program has proven successful in helping student athletes over the years and is the longest running scholarship program to date.
To date, the Society has awarded over $300,000 to deserving students. Current post-secondary students are eligible for assistance, providing they qualify.