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Dairy Farmers of Ontario Offers Outstanding OHA Members $6,000 Towards Their Post-Secondary Education

Eight bursaries will be awarded to successful applicants who exemplify commitment to their community, academics and athletics

Cambridge, ON – OHA members know first-hand the commitment needed to succeed at a high level on the ice and in the classroom. With this school year providing extra challenges, the hard work put forth by graduating students will be recognized through a bursary program, in partnership with Dairy Farmers of Ontario. The bursary program awards  eight OHA members with $6,000 each for their outstanding commitment to:

  • Community service: the applicant demonstrates “perseverance, originality and heart,” while assisting in building stronger and healthier communities
  • Academics: dedication to their studies and attaining high grades in the classroom
  • Athletics: on-ice success/achievement, as well as a passion for the game of hockey

“Dairy Farmers of Ontario proudly supports OHA members’ aspirations to achieve their goals, on and off the ice,” said Cheryl Smith, Chief Executive Officer at DFO. “Through MilkUP, DFO’s youth lifestyle brand created with youth success in mind, the bursary program will recognize exceptional Ontario youth athletes who demonstrate MilkUP’s values: perseverance, originality and heart.”

“We are very excited to partner with Dairy Farmers of Ontario for the third year on this special bursary program for our OHA members,” said Mark Tuck Executive Director of the OHA. “We understand that in many cases, our members are participating in our programs while balancing academic demands and expectations. The bursary program aligns with the OHA purpose to grow individuals and communities through hockey and our members will benefit immensely from this partnership.”

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All applicants must adhere to the following guidelines:

  • The bursary program is open to ALL active OHA members (OJHL, GOJHL, PJHL, ACH, and OEHL) – which includes but is not limited to players, coaches, trainers and officials.
  • Recipient is attending a post-secondary institution in Ontario during the 2024-25 school year
  • Maintain a high standard of academic excellence
  • Active in their local community programs (any community sport or social program)


Candidates must complete the application form below and submit it to the OHA by 8 p.m. on May 6, 2024. Each application will be reviewed by a panel and only the successful recipients will be contacted by the OHA. We wish the best of luck to all applicants.

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About the Ontario Hockey Association

The Ontario Hockey Association (OHA) was founded on November 27, 1890, and is the governing body for the majority of Junior and Senior hockey in the Province of Ontario.  The OHA is a Member Partner of the Ontario Hockey Federation which is one of thirteen Provincial and Regional Branches of Hockey Canada. 

It is comprised of three Junior hockey leagues and two Senior hockey leagues: Junior A – Ontario Junior Hockey LeagueJunior B – Greater Ontario Junior Hockey LeagueJunior C – Provincial Junior Hockey LeagueSenior  – Allan Cup Hockey (AAA) and Ontario Elite Hockey League (AA). For the 2023-24 season, these five leagues encompass 125 teams.

The objectives of the OHA are to foster and encourage the sport of amateur hockey, to conduct competition in the various categories established, to determine teams for entry into the inter-branch competitions that may be provided by Hockey Canada, and to provide for the affiliation of other hockey organizations.

The OHA provides administrative resources, coordinates programs, services and events for hockey participants and provides support to various Development Programs for coaches, officials, trainers and players, Safety and Risk Management Issues and offers resources for Harassment and Abuse education.


For more information or to set up an interview, please contact:

Chris McCleary

General Manager, Operations & Marketing                  

Ontario Hockey Association                            

[email protected]  

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