February 2, 2006 – The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) is now accepting applications for the 2006 Carol Anne Letheren Leadership and Sport Scholarship. The scholarship is a national, three-year, $1,500 per year, university scholarship awarded to one outstanding female high school graduate. The award is named in honour of the late Carol Anne Letheren (1942-2001), former Chief Executive Officer of the COC.
The Carol Anne Letheren Leadership and Sport Scholarship is given to a female student (Canadian citizen or permanent resident) presently enrolled at a Canadian high school or CEGEP (private or public) in their graduating year and applying to a Canadian University or college in Business, Sport Management, Marketing or physical education related fields. In addition to demonstrating qualities and personal values that personify the Olympic values, the eligible candidate will have a minimum grade average of 85% or above in their final year of high school. She will also be an accomplished athlete in high school, community or provincial level competitive sport(s). Please note that athletes competing at the national level (junior and senior) will be given preference.
The COC administers the scholarship with the support of the Carol Anne Letheren Foundation (CALF). CALF is the founding body of the Carol Anne Letheren Leadership and Sport Scholarship. The foundation is composed of close friends and colleagues of Carol Anne who are committed to raising funds for this scholarship to ensure that more young women are able to follow in her footsteps in leadership roles in business and the sport community.
As CEO of the COC and International Olympic Committee member for Canada, Carol Anne was an avid believer and promoter of the Olympic values. Her passion for sport and experience spanned more than four decades and included the following high-profile roles: President of the COC, Toronto 2008 Olympic Bid Director, international gymnastics official and Chef de Mission for the Seoul 1988 Olympic Games to name a few. In many of these roles, Carol Anne was either the first woman to hold the position or the first Canadian woman to hold the position, distinguishing her as one of Canada’s most prominent women involved with amateur sport.
To learn more on how to apply please visit http://www.olympic.ca/EN/funding/letheren_award.shtml. Applications must be received at the COC Toronto office by mail by 5:00 p.m. EST, March 31, 2006. Selections will be made shortly thereafter and the successful candidate(s) will be notified by April 28, 2006.