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Brian Maxwell Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship Value $5,000

Number of Scholarships 6

Brian Maxwell was a successful distance runner and entrepreneur, as co-founder of Power Bar with his wife Jennifer.  He attended Victoria Park Secondary School from 1968-72.  As a distance runner, basketball guard and wrestler at Victoria Park, Brian had a determined focus and dedication to be the best at his chosen sport.

Brian excelled in Track & Field, long distance, and Cross-Country running.  He was anOFSAA champion and Canadian junior, juvenile and senior champion.  While on scholarship atUniversity of Berkeley, Brian attained a degree in Architecture. He was the winner of manyinternational marathons (third place in Boston Marathon and twice at Ottawa) and a memberof the 1980 Canadian Olympic Marathon team.

Later in life he found out that a defective heart valve had been robbing him the entire time of an estimated one to three per cent of aerobic power.  This would have translated his best marathon at Seaside of 2:14.43 (fifth fastest ever Canadian) to a handicap of close to four minutes, thus making him a 2:10.43 marathoner (only Jerome Drayton was faster at 2:10.06).

Tragically, Brian suffered a heart attack in 2004 that took his life.

The Brian Maxwell Memorial Scholarship is awarded each year to six student-athletes that will be continuing their post-secondary education at a Canadian College or University.

Three males and three females will each be awarded a scholarship of $5,000. Preference shall be given to a student whose character is reflective of qualities that Brian Maxwell demonstrated in his life: honesty, integrity, compassion and an unwavering quest to accomplish the best they can, academically and athletically, while supporting his fellow team members.

Application Process

  • Teacher-Coaches are asked to identify one male and/or one female from each school who meets the criteria and encourage the student-candidate to apply by the deadline.
  • The application deadline is 11:59 PM on June 10, 2024.
  • Applications MUST be sent via email to with their application sent as ONE attachment. Applicants are to follow the instructions exactly as indicated on the application forms. Failure to do so will result in the application not being accepted.
  • OFSAA Staff will select a date for the Scholarship Presentation to take place (likely the end of July or early August).

Selection Process

  • Applications are reviewed by an Independent Committee as set up by OFSAA Sport Coordinator in charge of the BMMS.
  • The final selections to be approved by the OFSAA Staff and OFSAA Board of Directors.


  • Scholarship recipients must provide proof of enrollment from their post- secondary institution prior to funds being released to them.
  • If for any reason, the recipient is not attending school for that year, their award will be deferred for one year upon approval from BMMS Committee and OFSAA Staff.
  • If this is not possible, the remaining scholarship is transferred to the next eligible recipient.