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James F. Heath, Jr. Scholarship


James F. Heath, Jr. Scholarship

The James F. Heath, Jr. Scholarship was started in 2017 through the generous donations of the Heath Family.

Scholarship Mission
The James F. Heath, Jr. Scholarship will provide financial assistance to individuals underrepresented in the sport of ice hockey and who have a financial need.


Individuals must play hockey in SYHA for the upcoming season.


Scholarship recipients will be awarded full or partial credit of SYHA registration fees for the upcoming season.


Application Deadline
There is no specific deadline for scholarship applications.


Application Submittal
Applications must be submitted via email to


Scholarship Evaluation & Interview
The Scholarship Committee may contact the player/guardian for additional information or to schedule an in-person interview.


Scholarship Notification
Applicants will be notified of decisions via mail, email, or phone.


Email for additional information on the James F. Heath, Jr. Scholarship.

James F. Heath, Jr.

Jim Heath and his family grew up playing hockey.  The Heath Family played pond hockey at Jenkins Park for many years with neighbors, Boy Scouts, school friends, work friends, and new friends wanting to join in on the fun.  All levels of skill were present - from players who played Division One hockey to youngsters just learning to skate.  No one was excluded from the Heath Family game.  In 1984, Jim’s youngest son joined Schenectady Youth Hockey Association (SYHA) and played at many levels through the organization.  From that time on, it was obvious that Jim was hooked on the “hockey lifestyle”.  He enjoyed getting to know new friends, travelling with his son’s teams, and rooting for the Chargers.  But that wasn’t quite enough hockey for Jim.  He started an adult hockey league at Center Ice, and to this day, it is still running.  There was no doubt about it, Jim loved hockey.  He loved the game, the comradery, the teamwork, the life lessons, and he wanted to share that with everyone.  Jim passed away on February 9th, 2017.  In his memory, the Heath Family started the James F. Heath, Jr. Scholarship in 2017.