Nine Concordia Stinger athletes received bursaries totalling $27,750 at the Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence (FAEQ) university gala in Laval, Que. last night.
Led by wrestler Linda Morais, four Stingers were recognized for their athletic achievement. Morais was named the top female athlete in an individual sport and was presented with a bursary of $2000. Also from the wrestling team, Vince De Marinis was awarded $1500 in recognition of his success in an individual sport.
Rugby player Frédérique Rajotte was a finalist for the outstanding female athlete in a team sport. She received $1750.
Quarterback Trenton Miller received $1500 from the Montreal Alouettes Foundation, an acknowledgement of his exceptional performance in the 2015 season.
Five athletes received recruitment bursaries. Stéphanie Lalancette of the women’s hockey team received $8000, the highest amount offered to students entering university. Teammate Audrey Belzile was awarded $4000.
Two members of the Stingers’ men’s basketball team were awarded entrance bursaries. Olivier Simon received $3000 and Rowan Power, a native of Dartmouth, N.S., was presented with an out-of-Quebec recruitment bursary, also worth $3000.
Finally, Philippe Sanche of the men’s hockey team received a $3000 award to help him transition from the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League to a university career.
The foundation handed out a total of 86 bursaries totalling $230,750 at the gala as part of its mission to support student-athletes in their pursuit of athletic and academic excellence and to promote them as role models in Quebec society.