Former NHL player Ted Nolan hopes a significant donation to the First Nations University will encourage more Indigenous women to pursue post-secondary education.

Nolan made the announcement of a $75,000 donation Tuesday morning at the University. The money will be used to fund the Rose Nolan Scholarship, which will be specifically for Indigenous women attending the First Nations University.

“When we started our foundation in 2004 to help our women with their educational pursuits, we’ve been blessed to have some really good donors that helped us a little bit more,” said Nolan.

“Now looking at institutions like this, it was just a perfect fit.”

The Rose Nolan Scholarship – sponsored by the Ted Nolan Foundation – was created in honour of Nolan’s mother, and is aimed at helping Indigenous women reach their educational goals and maintain strong community ties.

From this donation, one student will receive a $5,000 scholarship each year for the next 15 years.

“This scholarship will make a significant contribution to the education of Indigenous women who are the keepers of our culture and traditions,” said Mark Dockstator, president of the First Nations University, in a release.

This is the second of seven universities across Canada receiving a donation from the Ted Nolan Foundation.