Manoo & Jean Gurjar Scholarship Information
The Manoo and Jean Gurjar Legacy Fund was established in 2011 as a result of a legacy donation to Water Ski and Wakeboard Canada (WSWC) from Dr. Manoo and Jean Gurjar of Vancouver, British Columbia.
Manoo Gurjar is a longtime and beloved water skier. In 2013, he continued to compete in the Men 9 category (75+), including at national championships where he consistently takes home hardware in the slalom event. Manoo’s smiling presence, friendliness, sharing of volunteer time, stories, photographs and food, have combined to make him a favourite personality at events. He continues to serve as a role model for one and alland is an ambassador for the sport wherever he travels.
It is that love of the sport and its people, and generosity of spirit that prompted Manoo and wife, Jean, to make a donation to WSWC in order to create a Manoo and Jean Gurjar Legacy Fund that will result in annual financial assistance to support a Canadian skier’s(s’) pursuit of skiing and educational goals.
GOAL OF THE LEGACY FUND
The goal of the Legacy Fund is to provide annual financial support to the skiing and educational pursuits of 1 male and 1 female Canadian water skier annually who best represents the ideals established in honour of Manoo Gurjar. A Legacy Fund allocation of $1,000 will be allocated annually to each recipient.
The skiers selected shall best exemplify the qualities and wishes of Manoo and Jean Gurjar in their regard for the sport and education.
To be eligible for consideration, an individual must:
◾Have not received this bursary in the previous two (2) years
◾Be a male or female water skier, between the ages of 12 and 25 as at January 1 of the applicable year;
◾ Be attending a high school (as defined by the applicant’s home province) or a post-secondary school in the fall of 2021, with strong academic standing;
◾Be a Canadian citizen.
The Legacy Fund award will be bestowed upon the eligible skiers who best exemplify the following qualities:
◾Love and passion for the sport of water skiing;
◾Sociability and friendliness within the water ski community (while social distancing);
◾Gives back to the sport in his or her own unique way;
◾Demonstrates a commitment to education;
◾Demonstrates a commitment to training and becoming better;
◾Demonstrates potential and drive to compete
USE OF MANOO AND JEAN GURJAR LEGACY SCHOLARSHIP
The financial support should be used in support of water ski training and competitive pursuits, and/or tuition, books and other direct education-related expenses. Successful recipients must provide proof of registration in high school or postsecondary education during the 2023-2024 academic year.
There will be an annual open call for applications, requiring the use of a specific Manoo and Jean Gurjar Legacy Fund Application Form, the deadline for submission is July 24, 2023
WSWC shall appoint a panel of three members who will be tasked with reviewing applications and selecting the 2 recipients of the Manoo and Jean Gurjar Legacy consistent with the above criteria. The recipient(s) will be announced at the 2023 Water Ski Nationals at Shalom Park
The recipient(s) will also be presented with a keeper award that commemorates the honour of having been bestowed a Manoo and Jean Gurjar Legacy Fund award.
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