- Scholarship Awarded: Chelsea Young of Bernie Custis Secondary School is the recipient of the Glenn ‘Keeper’ McWhinney Scholarship.
- Academic and Community Excellence: Young’s academic success and extensive community service earn her the prestigious $5,000 scholarship.
- Legacy of a Champion: The scholarship honors Grey Cup champion Glenn ‘Keeper’ McWhinney and his contributions to community and sport.
Chelsea Young, a student-athlete from Bernie Custis Secondary School, was awarded the Glenn ‘Keeper’ McWhinney Scholarship Fund at the CFL Awards. This scholarship, honoring the legacy of the 1954 Grey Cup champion, celebrates her outstanding academic achievements and commitment to community service.
Eric Noivo, Executive Director of the Canadian Hall of Fame (CFHOF) and Museum, announced Chelsea as this year’s recipient, acknowledging her perseverance, dedication, and embodiment of the values cherished by Glenn ‘Keeper’ McWhinney. The scholarship, valued at $5,000, is awarded to a student-athlete who demonstrates commitment, honesty, humility, courage, and community volunteerism.
Chelsea has shown remarkable resilience in the face of personal challenges. She maintains a 96% academic average and excels in various sports, including touch football, basketball, soccer, and frisbee. Beyond her athletic and academic pursuits, Chelsea is deeply involved in her school and local community. She has served on the Student Council, organized charity events, and has been a vocal advocate for issues such as gender-based violence awareness and veterans’ appreciation.
Her commitment extends to the Eva Rothwell community center, where she has volunteered over 300 hours, contributing to summer camp programs and after-school activities. Chelsea’s dedication to community service has also led to employment at the center, aligning with her aspiration to become a psychologist or child counselor. Her work includes running a mental health awareness class for children, focusing on developing positive stress-relief strategies.
The Glenn ‘Keeper’ McWhinney Scholarship Fund presentation was a highlight of the CFL Awards, which took place during the Grey Cup Festival, featuring over 40 events catering to a diverse audience. This year’s Grey Cup is scheduled for November 19 at Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton, with a special halftime show by Green Day, and will be broadcast live across various platforms.
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