Canada West and the Western Hockey League have partnered for 24 years to recognize outstanding athletic achievement and assist in educational development of men’s hockey players, who represent the full student-athlete experience within Canada West.

The WHL Graduate of the Month award is voted on by all Canada West men’s hockey coaches. Each monthly winner receives a $500 cheque towards the cost of education, a plaque, a letter from WHL Commissioner Ron Robison and a computer bag.

2018-19 Recipients:

October: Carson Stadnyk, Saskatchewan

November: Riley Sheen, Calgary

First Half Top Performer: Luke Philp, Alberta

January: Zach Sawchenko, Alberta

February: Jason Fram, Alberta

March: Grayson Pawlenchuk, Alberta

2017-18 Recipients:

October: Luke Philp, Alberta

November: Zak Zborosky, Regina

December: Garret Hughson, Lethbridge

January: Matt Hewitt, UBC

February: Chris Collins, Calgary

March: Stephane Legault, Alberta

2016-17 Recipients:

October: Jamie Crooks, Alberta

November: Elgin Pearce, Calgary

December: Jay Merkley, Lethbridge

January: Jesse Forsberg, Saskatchewan

February: Connor Rankin, Mount Royal

March: Connor Gay, Saskatchewan

2015-16 Recipients:

October: Anthony Bardaro, UBC

November: Tyler Fiddler, Mount Royal

January: Kohl Bauml, Saskatchewan

February: Elgin Pearce, Calgary

March: Jordon Cooke, Saskatchewan

2014-15 Recipients:

October: Jordan Hickmott, Alberta

November: Deven Dubyk, Manitoba

January: TJ Foster, Alberta

February: Kruise Reddick, Alberta

March: Jesse Craige, Alberta

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WHL Premier Hockey Scholarship

The WHL Scholarship recipients are enrolled as full-time students in 68 different post-secondary institutions throughout North America.

Administered centrally by the WHL Office, the WHL Scholarship is solely funded by the member Clubs of the WHL.  This season WHL Clubs will contribute close to $2 million to graduates utilizing the WHL Scholarship.

“The WHL takes great pride in providing our graduate players with the most comprehensive hockey scholarship program available in North America today,” commented WHL Commissioner Ron Robison.  “The WHL Scholarship provides the flexibility for our graduate players to enroll in any University, College, Technical School or any other post-secondary career enhancing program of their choice.”  

All players who play in the WHL are eligible to receive the WHL scholarship.  For every season a player plays in the WHL, they receive a full year guaranteed WHL Scholarship, including tuition, textbooks and compulsory fees, to a post-secondary institution of their choice.  In addition, over 100 current WHL players are receiving financial assistance to enroll in post secondary classes while playing in the WHL.  The WHL and Athabasca University have partnered to offer, through online and other distance education vehicles, fully accredited university courses to any WHL player interested in further pursuing post-secondary studies while playing in the WHL.

The WHL Scholarship is considered to be the most attractive hockey scholarship due to the fact it is a fully guaranteed academic scholarship with no requirement to play university hockey to qualify, and the student athlete can apply the funding to any post-secondary program of his choice.

The WHL gratefully acknowledges support of the WHL Education Program.

About Canada West:

Canada West (CW) is the leading university athletic conference in the country and is home to champion student-athletes that excel in the classroom and their communities. Canada West and our 17 members from across British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba collectively carry on a legacy of competitive excellence, as our champions proudly go on to represent the conference at U SPORTS national championships.

Canada West – training leaders, building champions