The Silver Stick® Scholarship conceived by one of our most devoted worker/promoters and a Past Commissioner of the Association the late Richard (Dick) McGrath of Port Huron, Michigan. Dick and his son Larry could almost always be found together at the arena. Larry often remarked that it would be fitting for the Silver Stick® Organization to provide a scholarship award for deserving hockey players.
In 1970, Larry McGrath met with a fatal accident while at work. In lieu of flowers, Dick and his wife requested that donations be made to the International Silver Stick® Association. That was the beginning of the scholarship funding program that today bears Larry's name.
Additional donations were requested in 1979 when Dick McGrath died and again when one of our founders, Fred Lamlein passed away.
A committee had been set up in 1970 to establish guidelines, prepare By-laws and application forms, etc. The amount would be $500 to presented to one Canadian and one American citizen each year. The International Silver Stick® Scholarship program was formally approved in 1972 by the Board of Directors. The first scholarship awards were made following the 1972-73 hockey season and annually since that time.
For the 2022-23 Hockey Season we will be awarding three (3) American and three (3) Canadians awarded a Scholarship of $2000 each.
Applications are reviewed and recommendations are made by the Scholarship Committee each spring and then approved and announced at the International Silver Stick® Annual Meeting in June each year.
Additional information and applications are available through International, Regional and Local Tournament Directors.