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Closing Date to Receive Applications is May 6th

Cambridge, ON – for Jacob Roach the numbers have always made sense.

Road hockey at age nine, ice hockey soon followed.

House league for three years, rep hockey soon followed.

Click here to see Jacob’s Bursary Winner Video

Eighty-eight per cent in high school, number-heavy university courses and the prospect of future education thanks to the Dairy Farmers of Ontario soon followed.

“The biggest life skill I have learned is perseverance,” said Roach, 20. “Even when things get hard it is always worth it to tough it out.

“It is always worth it in the end.”

To apply for the 2024 Bursary click here

The former Brantford 99er split time at forward in the Provincial Junior Hockey League between Tavistock, with 15 points in 17 regular season games, and the Hespeler Shamrocks, with one goal in three games, last season.

For Roach, directed focus to earn athletic and academic success goes hand-in-hand with showing up – every single time.


“That way I find you get the most out of what you are doing,” he said.

“I also volunteer with local minor hockey teams – run practices and drills and help the kids know what to do on and off the ice.

“How to carry themselves.”

Roach is carrying on with studies in Economics at university with an eye to keep his academic train in full motion.

“(Academics has) always been out first in my family. My Mom and Dad instilled that in me since I was very young.

“I have been very blessed with my opportunities that my parents have worked hard to give me.”

Tomorrow may offer a Master’s degree or an MBA. Today, Roach plans to keep going and find out.

“Definitely continuing my education,” he said. “Winning this bursary is massively important for me. It helps a lot with school and it gives me an opportunity to do things that I enjoy, like continuing with my hockey.  

“Thank you for this outstanding opportunity.”

2024 Bursary Program – HOW TO APPLY

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.

To apply for the 2024 Bursary click here

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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