Ted Nolan is continuing to make communities stronger.
The former Sabres coach has donated $100,000 to Sault College in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. The money from the Ted Nolan Foundation will be used for two yearly scholarships worth $2,500 each.
The donations, known as the Rose Nolan Scholarship in honor of Nolan’s mother, will go to First Nations women who accomplishing their goal of a college education.
“I certainly wouldn’t be the person I am today without my mother’s love and support and encouragement,” Nolan told CTV News. “I just really think the stronger the woman, the stronger the family; the stronger the family, the stronger the community.”
Nolan started his foundation to help Indigenous youth in 2002. It has awarded 121 scholarships totaling more than $300,000 to First Nations women. In recognition of the latest donation, Sault College renamed its health and wellness board room in honor of Rose Nolan.
Nolan is a Sault Ste. Marie native who began his coaching career with the city’s junior team in 1988. He coached in Buffalo from 1995 to 1997 and 2013 to 2015.
“It is with great pride and excitement that we accept this outstanding donation,” Dr. Ron Common, president of Sault College. “This donation will further complement Sault College’s commitment to Indigenous Studies and our Indigenous students.
"We are truly grateful that Sault College has the unwavering support of the Ted Nolan Foundation to administer this scholarship on behalf of them, and that this donation will help many First Nations women pursue post-secondary education at our school."