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The 2023 OHA Bursary Program…presented by Diary Farmers of Ontario Revisiting the 2022 Winners – NOLAN DAWSON

Cambridge, ON – the OHA is proud to partner with Dairy Farmers of Ontario (DFO) to present the Bursary Program, which recognizes OHA members 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

Eight (8) DFO Bursaries will be awarded at $6,000 each.

To apply for the 2023 Bursary Program click here

One of the 2022 Bursary winners is Amherstview Jets winger Nolan Dawson

Watch Nolan’s 2022 bursary winner highlight video here

Nolan Dawson, a left winger for the  Amherstview Jets, directed a near-perfect high school academic performance towards a bigger end goal – a career in health care.    

“Academic success is very important to me,” said Dawson who followed suit with a near flawless record is in fourth-year studies at Queen’s University. A stop at Medical School is hopefully just around the corner.

“Ideally, I want to be a radiologist,” Dawson, 21, who maybe isn’t so sure which path to take.

“I was also thinking maybe the surgery route. I like working with my hands. I always have, growing up. It’s kind of influenced me to take an orthopedic route. I know they work with sports teams a lot. I think that would be very cool.”

This season Dawson is on the roster of the nearby-Queen’s Amherstview Jets of the Provincial Junior Hockey League. He got his start on skates of a different sort.

“I started figure skating – funny enough – just to get my edges going right from the start.”

Dawson was one of six recipients of the Dairy Farmers of Ontario Bursary Program, which graciously awards six $8,000 prizes for an athletic, academic and community job well done – and a kickstart for what’s next.

Dawson, now a mentor, is all-in.

“Public speaking to kids who want to tailor their careers after high school into what they want to do – especially in the medical field,” he said, after also volunteering with youth baseball and hockey teams in Picton.

“I have had so many mentors myself – especially in a small community like Price Edward County – which I know how important it is to give back.”

How to apply for the 2023 Bursary Program – To apply click here

Candidates must complete the application form and submit it to the OHA by 8 p.m. on May 1, 2023. 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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