Dairy Farmers And Minor Hockey Association Announce Winners Of $8,000 Post-Secondary Bursaries

By: Kw Now Local News
| Published 10/28/2020

Adam Huras, Dairy Farmers of Ontario
New Hamburg's Adam Huras Winner of $8,000 Bursary From Dairy Farmers of Ontario

Dairy Farmers Of Ontario And Minor Hockey Association Announce Inaugural Winners Of $8,000 Post-Secondary Education Bursaries

'Adam Huras - Outstanding commitment to community, athletic ability, and academic achievement'

Five recipients selected from across the province from 2019-20 season

(Richmond Hill, ONTARIO) - Five high school graduates who made a big impact in their schools and in their communities are being recognized for their academic excellence, minor hockey participation and extracurricular work outside the rink. As hockey players, coaches and referees in the Ontario Minor Hockey Association, they are the inaugural winners of $8,000 post-secondary bursaries from the Dairy Farmers of Ontario

New Hamburg Ontario Recipient Adam Huras

Winning your school’s math contest four times in three years is impressive. When one of those victories was capturing the Grade 12 contest as a Grade 11 student, it’s certainly bound to get people’s attention.

Adam Huras graduated from Waterloo Oxford District Secondary School last year where he maintained an average in the high-90s throughout his time. He was an active participant in the school’s extracurriculars such as, hockey, cross-country, track and the monthly math contests.

Huras played with the New Hamburg Minor Hockey Association for 11 years and was named captain in his final season. He also worked as a referee and timekeeper.

“Even when I was not playing hockey, I still wanted to be involved in the game and have a positive impact on other young hockey players in my community,” Huras said.

Huras said the skills he learned as a referee including problem solving, thinking quickly on his feet and working independently will help him at university.

“Refereeing has helped me improve my communications skills, whether it be with the players telling them when they are offside - the young players don’t always know - and communicating with the coaches.”

Even with all the time dedicated to his studies and hockey, Huras still found time to volunteer with a younger team and helped run their practices.

He is now a student at the University of Waterloo in the Mechatronics Engineering program.

Dairy Farmers And Minor Hockey is a tremendous partnership

The Dairy Farmers Ontario Bursary program provides minor hockey players recognition of their outstanding contribution to community service, athletic and academic success. Applications for 2021 Bursary Program will be announced in the coming weeks.

“We are extremely proud of the five recipients chosen for the Dairy Farmers of Ontario Bursary. Each of these student-athletes demonstrates the dedication and commitment needed to succeed on and off the ice,” said Ian Taylor, Executive Director of the OMHA. “Their leadership and desire to give back to hockey and their communities through coaching, officiating and volunteering has positively impacted the lives of many around them. We wish them all the best in their post-secondary education.”

“Congratulations to each of the DFO and OMHA bursary recipients for your outstanding contributions both on and off the ice,” said Murray Sherk, DFO’s Board Chair. “We’re inspired by your passion, hard work and dedication, and are honoured to be a part of your journey in shaping the next generation of leaders.”

Other Recipients

The recipients are: Ethan Andrews (Grey-Bruce), Adam Huras (New Hamburg), Vincent Robbenhaar (Barrie), Chloe Ryder (Kent) and Andrew Salgo (Guelph). They were selected from the 2019-20 minor hockey season and are currently attending university. Profiles of each recipient, including videos, can be found below by clicking on their names.

Thomas King of Whitchurch-Stouffville and Travis Phibbs of Hagersville were also each awarded the Wally Scott Bursary of $1,250 as part of the OMHA’s bursary program.