Tyler Ryan McLaren Memorial Scholarship
There are two bursaries provided each year by the North Langley Basketball Association. These bursaries are coordinated by the NLBA Treasurer and the Langley School District. The scholarship recipients are chosen by the Langley School District Scholarship selection committee and may be presented by school staff or a volunteer representative of the NLBA.
The North Langley Basketball Association would like to offer a $500 scholarship to two 2023 School District 35 (Langley) secondary school graduates in honour of Tyler McLaren.
Please use the following criteria when determining the recipient of the awards:
- Recipient played a minimum of two seasons of basketball in the North Langley Basketball Association league
- Recipient has played basketball for a Secondary School in School District 35 (Langley)
- Recipient has a noted positive attitude as a student and athlete
- Recipient has firm plans to attend post secondary training/education
Tyler was born on April 6th, 1990. At the age of 19 months he developed a seizure disorder that could not be controlled by medication. Despite this, Tyler continued to develop and be active in sports. In his youth , he participated in Soccer, Baseball, Basketball and Ball Hockey. While his skills were average, he loved to compete. Tyler also participated in Special Olympics in both Bocce and Curling. At the age of 14, Tyler had major brain surgery to try and alleviate the seizure disorder, unfortunately, the surgery was not successful and at that time, Neurologists discovered that he also had Asperger’s Syndrome (High Functioning Autism).
Tyler was always determined to do his best in everything he did and in no way would allow his disabilities to get in the way of his accomplishments or be used as an excuse for his performance. Tyler was a social butterfly and he loved to help others. In sports, unconditional sportsmanship was his biggest asset which despite his skill level, endeared him to his teammates and competition.
His biggest goal in life was to complete Grade 12, which he did on June 13th, 2008. Four days later, Tyler suffered a Grand Mal Seizure in his sleep and went into Cardiac Arrest. Despite the heroic efforts of his Mom, Firefighters, Paramedics, Doctors & Nurses, he was declared brain dead and removed from Life Support on June 20, 2008.
As was his giving nature, Tyler wanted to be an organ/tissue donor and today he lives on in the lives of more than a dozen people. To this day, the Langley Ball Hockey Association awards the Tyler McLaren Most Sportsman Like Player trophy, in his memory.
A Scholarship was created at Walnut Grove Secondary in his memory which is awarded to a student with Special Needs who exemplifies his desire to succeed despite their disability. The North Langley Basketball Association also created a Scholarship in Tyler’s memory to Walnut Grove Basketball players who excel in scholastics.
How to apply?
Langley Scholarship Committee
c/o Kerry Campbell
4875 222nd St
Langley, BC, V3A 3Z7