2022 TIRF Scholars Announced

Toronto Inner-City Rugby Foundation (TIRF) awards $55,000 in scholarships to support 4 student athletes.

Toronto, ON. November 2022 – The Toronto Inner-City Rugby Foundation (TIRF) is pleased to announce the 2022-23 TIRF scholarship award recipients. We would like to thank all our applicants and congratulate this year’s recipients. Thank you to the dedicated members of the scholarship committee who dedicate their time every year to the selection process. 

For the 2022-23 academic year, the Doncaster Scholarship Award will support four (4) phenomenal student athletes. TIRF and the Doncaster Foundation are proud to support and invest in these remarkable student athletes. In addition to playing, supporting, and growing the game of rugby, these students continue to give back to their communities and inspire their peers. 

Over the past eight-years, TIRF and the Doncaster Foundation have awarded approximately $433,000 to 25 outstanding TIRF community members as part of a commitment to help remove financial barriers and assist these remarkable young adults in pursuing their post-secondary aspirations. The Doncaster Multi-Year Scholarship Award helps produce outstanding leaders willing to give back to their local communities through the development of rugby and other social initiatives. 

The TIRF Doncaster Multi-Year Scholarship Award is made possible thanks to the generosity of the Doncaster Foundation, whose steadfast commitment to supporting higher education has transformed the lives of countless young people.  



The Doncaster Scholarship Award is a $5,000 academic scholarship. Recipients could receive up to $20,000 over a four-year period. These TIRF Scholars must remain in good academic standing for the length of their studies. 


Doncaster Scholarship $20,000 Scholarship Award

  • Abyan Chowdhury – Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College                         
  • WeiXu Hu– Queen’s University   
  • Siobhan Sheerin – Queen’s University      
  • Lin Zhou – University of British Columbia                                        

The Toronto Inner-city Rugby Foundation (TIRF) is a rugby-centred community development organization that uses rugby as a tool for social good. TIRF, a registered non-profit founded in 2011, builds community through rugby in 31 of Toronto’s underserved, low-income and priority neighbourhoods. Sanctioned by Rugby Canada; Rugby Ontario and working in partnership with eight Toronto rugby clubs; school boards and community service providers, TIRF reduces the financial, geographical, and cultural barriers that prevent children and youth from participating in the sport.  

Applications for the TIRF Scholarship Award are accepted from January through May through the website: https://tirfrugby.ca/beyond-rugby/scholarship-program/.

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