In order to make sport more accessible, the nonprofit Black Girl Hockey Club will support nine young women.
Eight recipients received $3,000 each, while one received a $5,000 prize.
The athletes were chosen based on their answers to two essay questions that asked them to explain how the scholarship would benefit their hockey careers and how they would support the mission of the BGHC to make hockey a more welcoming sport for Black women and girls.
In order to "inspire and sustain love" for hockey in the Black community, and particularly among Black women in the community, Renee Hess launched the nonprofit organization BGHC in 2018.
The BGHC Scholarship Fund, which includes a $11,000 gift from the One Roof Foundation, the charitable arm of the Seattle Kraken and Climate Pledge Arena, provides the funding for the prizes.
The BGHC Scholarship recipients are:
Lincoln Brown, $5,000: Brown, a two-time recipient of a scholarship, played forward for the Los Angeles Jr. Kings 14U AA 1 squad last year. In 2019, she appeared in a commercial to support the Los Angeles Kings' Heritage jersey.
Camille Patterson, $3,000: Last year, Patterson played both forward and defense for the Anaheim Lady Ducks 8U squad. She stated that she intended to attend hockey camps with her second BGHC scholarship.
Chelsie Otoo, $3,000: A Michigan native who has won scholarships twice, Otoo stated that she intended to utilize the funds to purchase new gear.
Chloe Martineau, $3,000: Martineau claimed that next season she intended to help her neighborhood with learn-to-play programs. The Toronto native has won scholarships twice.
Cienna Thames ($3,000): Thames is a Toronto resident who began playing hockey after learning about a girls' league. She had grown up seeing her brothers play the sport.
Kaya Moulton, $3000: Moulton is a five-year hockey veteran from Barre, Vermont, said she is excited to join a new squad for the upcoming season.
Sunnora Leo, $3,000: A volunteer with Texas learn-to-play programs from the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Leo has received this prize twice. She stated that she intended to spend her scholarship money for gas to get to tournaments and to purchase new gear.
Teagan Gray, $3,000: A two-time scholarship winner from the greater Toronto region, Gray said she wants to play NCAA Division I hockey and will put the money toward attending showcases and working out in the gym.
Trinity Moore, $3,000: Moore, a native of the Washington, D.C. region, stated that she intended to spend her second BGHC scholarship to purchase new goalie gear.