Nabseth scholarships to seven local hockey players

A record number of applications made for some tough decisions, but names are in for the Jeff Nabseth Memorial Scholarship award recipients for 2011.

Oceanside Minor Hockey Association set up a Memorial scholarship 11 years ago in memory of Jeff Nabseth, who was killed in a bike accident. Jeff played hockey in the Parksville area and went on to play for the Surrey Eagles of the BCHL.  

According to OMHA’s Brian Hagedorn, the scholarship is open to any graduating student who has played hockey in Parksville in the previous five years. OMHA contributes $5 of each player registration fee, explains Hagedorn, in order to allow the memorial scholarship to continue.  

“This year we had the most applications ever,” said Hagedorn, adding, “the trustees awarded the most amount of money and the largest number of scholarships ever. We were pleased to have awarded seven graduates a total of $3,200 in scholarships which can used for post secondary expenses.”

Earning scholarships are:

• Mike Tompkins. Mike also has a passion for music and plans on attending the Contemporaty Music Technology program at Selkirk College in Nelson, B.C.

• Wade Van Herwaarden. He plans on attending VIU and take the Resource Management Officer Technology program.

• Jaden Schmeisser. Jaden plans on attending VIU and also to pursue his hockey career.

• Kyle Fichtler. Kyle plans on attending VIU for the upcoming year with plans to transfer to UBC or UVIC.

• Brett Saremba. He is enrolled in UBC Okanagan Pre-Pharmacy program and plans to complete his Bachelor of Science at UBC, Vancouver.

• Michael Foulds. He would like to become a graphic designer specializing in Digital Visual Communication.

• Bryson Weberg. He is planning on attending the Bridgton Academy in Maine.

“We certainly want to wish all the graduating students all the best in their future endeavour,” said Brian.

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