TORONTO – The Golf Journalists Association of Canada (GJAC) and Freedom 55 Financial have awarded this year’s Freedom 55 Financial GJAC Journalism Scholarship to Marshall Healey, an undergraduate student at Carleton University’s School of Journalism and Communication.
Healey, who is entering his fourth year at Carleton, hails from just outside Smiths Falls, Ontario and was identified by the selection panel after showing a commitment to developing a strong journalistic skillset and a passion for covering the game of golf.
“More than any other applicant we have had the pleasure of reviewing over the years, Marshall demonstrated a clear passion for golf journalism in applying for the Freedom 55 Financial GJAC Journalism Scholarship. While that’s never been a prerequisite for winning this award, it was encouraging to see his interest in the game. On top of that, Marshall demonstrated excellent writing and reporting skills, versatility in his skillset, and a keen interest in covering the game of golf as a career,” said Jason Logan, GJAC Scholarship Coordinator and Editor of SCOREGolf.
Healey receives $2,000 from Freedom 55 Financial as a one-time award to help pursue his education along with in-person mentorship and development from GJAC members.
“On behalf of Freedom 55 Financial, I want to extend my congratulations to Marshall,” said Abbie MacMillan, Vice-President, Freedom 55 Financial. “Our organization has a proud history of helping Canadians achieve their dreams and we’re pleased to be part of his bright future.”
“Receiving this scholarship for golf and sports journalism, specifically from the Golf Journalists Association of Canada, is an honour. Over the past year, I worked on a lot of interesting stories covering golf and sports in general, so to be recognized for the work is extraordinary. Entering my final year of schooling at Carleton University, I know that this scholarship will be helpful both for added financial stability and for adding confidence to the work I do. I want to thank the committee for selecting me and my professors for their guidance and support throughout the last three years,” said Healey, who enjoys playing golf occasionally at Smiths Falls Golf and Country Club, the course where nine-time LPGA winner Brooke Henderson learned the game.
Established in 2006, part of GJAC’s mandate is to promote golf journalism in Canada and recognize excellence in Canadian golf journalism. The focus of this scholarship is to encourage excellence in sports writing by student journalists across the country.