By Woodard, Dale on September 12, 2020.
Two University of Lethbridge Pronghorns alumnus and a faculty member have teamed up to create a new scholarship.
The Pronghorn Citizenship Awards has been set up through donations from Pronghorn alumni Cam Slomp (BA ’92), U of L alumnus Terry Whitehead (BA ’94) and Shelly Wismath, the Dean of the School of Liberal Education.
The Pronghorn Citizenship Awards aim to recognize and reward student athletes who embody the values of liberal education and the broad university experience while maintaining a commitment to their academic pursuits and athletic endeavours
The Pronghorn Citizenship Award will be awarded to one female and one male Pronghorn Athlete in the spring of 2021.
A local resident and graduate of Immanuel Christian High School in 1985, Slomp transferred from the Lethbridge College and played three seasons with the Pronghorns basketball team, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 1992.
Slomp, a father of two, is an active volunteer with the Gord Laurie Foundation, a local organization that raises money for youth activities. He is a member of the Million Dollar Round Table, a global award recognizing professional excellence in the life insurance and financial services industry and is currently a financial advisor for Sun Life and a shareholder in Laurie Kenna Associates.
“I was fortunate to attend the U of L as a student-athlete,” said Slomp in a release. “My experience on campus was a very formative time in my life. As a student, I discovered a whole new perspective of the world through my liberal education and by participating in a variety of campus activities, and meeting people with different perspectives along the way.
“As an athlete, I played with some remarkable teammates and benefitted from coaches who helped me mature as a basketball player and as a person. The Pronghorn Citizenship Award will hopefully inspire future Pronghorn student-athletes to really explore and embrace all the diverse academic and extra-curricular opportunities that benefitted me so much. I look forward to being involved with the Pronghorn Citizenship Award for many years to come, and I encourage my former teammates and other Pronghorn alumni to lend their support to the next generation of Pronghorn student-athletes.”
To be eligible for the award, the Pronghorn student-athlete will need to be on a varsity eligibility certificate and be in good academic standing with a GPA of 3.0.
The student-athlete must also demonstrate a commitment to engaging in a breadth of campus-based activities outside their academic and athletic endeavours, which could include but not limited to attending on-campus arts and cultural events, attending presentations and workshops.
The recipients will also demonstrate a commitment to volunteer service or an entrepreneurial/work experience on campus or within the local community.
Applications for the 2021 Pronghorn Citizenship Award must be submitted by Feb. 1, 2021.