Dr. John Strasser, President of St. Clair College and Mike Morencie, Owner and President of the AKO Fratmen organization made the announcement at a press conference on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.
The collaboration will allow AKO Football players to access scholarship money similar to the Athletic Scholarship plan already in place for varsity athletes at St. Clair College. AKO Football team members who are Ontario Residents will receive $1,250.00 as a scholarship credit towards their fall semester fees as long as they maintain a 2.00 grade point average and pass all courses. This program will also be extended to both semesters with the same criteria if they are from any province outside of Ontario which will permit AKO football players a credit of $2,500.00 for the full year. "This is another example of the College providing extracurricular opportunities for students who want to combine this type of experience with their post secondary education," says Dr. Strasser. "We are thrilled with the level of commitment by the AKO Fratmen organization to excellence in education and we believe this will be a strong partnership for both parties."
Windsor AKO Fratmen Football is the oldest Canadian Junior football team in the country. Started in 1929, the Fratmen have three Canadian championships to their credit and took the Ontario Football Conference title in 2013.
Mike Morencie the new owner of the club is thrilled to be part of St. Clair College's successful athletics program as he referenced the national and provincial championships the college has achieved in the past few years. "The College is very progressive and sets high standards in academics and athletics. We are proud to be a partner with the St. Clair and we have big shoes to fill moving forward."