The Community Foundation of PEI is honoured to announce a new scholarship, the Jacob Simmons Sports Scholarship. The endowment fund was established by family and friends at the Foundation in honour of Jacob Simmons of Belfast, P.E.I. – an avid athlete who was killed at the age of 27 by an impaired driver while cycling on June 12,2020.
“Jacob had so much more life to live and to give, but an impaired driver ended that. This scholarship is an important legacy for our family and friends to remember and honour Jacob, and to help another Island student achieve their dreams”, said Jacob’s mom, Brenda Simmons. “The Community Foundation has been the ideal organization to help us establish the scholarship and it will provide an annual scholarship in Jacob’s memory. We thank all those who donated and continue to donate to make the scholarship possible”.
“We are proud to host this scholarship in honour of a truly special person that touched the lives of many in a short period of time”, said Kent Hudson, Executive Director of the Foundation. “Our role is to provide guidance to the family in establishing the endowment fund so that it will provide an annual scholarship in perpetuity”.
Jacob was an avid athlete who participated in many sports throughout his life, including basketball, soccer, volleyball, rugby, football, track and field, wrestling, running and cycling. He represented PEI on provincial basketball and soccer teams and was invited to try out for the National Men’s U-17 basketball team. He was also the 2019 PEI Roadrunners’ Male Runner of the Year.
Jacob also had a wide range of interests outside of sports, among them, chess, reading, music, travel, heritage and people. He worked with his father in the family agricultural tile drainage business and on their family farm in Point Prim, PEI.
The Jacob Simmons Sports Scholarship Fund will provide an annual scholarship for a graduating Prince Edward Island high school student who is attending a post-secondary institution in the fall. For 2021, the scholarship will be valued at $2,500.
This graduating student should possess leadership qualities and contribute to his/her community as well as have demonstrated potential to allow him/her to succeed academically in post-secondary studies. Applications must be accompanied by a personal statement of up to 750 words that describes why the student feels they would be an appropriate recipient of the scholarship. In addition, due to the manner in which Jacob died, applicants are asked to also include two suggestions on how impaired driving could be reduced or eliminated in PEI.
Applications are being accepted now and Interested students can apply at www.cfpei.ca. The application deadline is May 1st.