Rudy Scholarship Winners 2018!

Rudy Scholarship Winners 2018

June 2018

Congratulations to the recipients of Sterling Commercial Credit's Rudy Scholarship! The students selected demonstrate characteristics similar to those of Rudy Ruettiger: Character | Ambition | Commitment | Courage | Contribution | Leadership | Perseverance | Ability to Overcome Obstacles.

Sterling Commercial Credit was proud to present Rudy Scholarships to five (5) student athletes at Brighton High School. Each student received $2,000 towards post-secondary studies of their choice. These students are able to reach higher, achieve more and fulfill their academic dreams.

Collin O'Berry Sport: LaCrosse College Attending: Anderson University in South Carolina Nomination: Coach Carl Collin has a deep love of sports with football and lacrosse being his primary sports. He became a starter the way Rudy made the Notre Dame team -by working hard every day and finding a way to contribute. While striving to earn a starting position, he found ways to give back to both football and lacrosse joining his father as a Coach for the Brighton Youth Programs. His dream is to follow, in the footsteps of his father. His greatest inspiration in life has been his father who has coached youth football for many years. Collin would like to each young men in the class room and on the fields of athletics the same lessons his father has taught his and so many others Brighton students. Collin will be attending Anderson College in South Carolina to pursue a degree in Secondary Education

Jack Johnson Sport: LaCrosse College Attending: University of Indianapolis Nomination: Coach Carl Jack is a 4 time All State Lacrosse Player and started at Linebacker for Brighton's Varsity Football team in 2016 and 2017. Jack is a gifted athlete but my nomination comes from a different perspective and I harbor enormous admiration for his ability to stay focused on his dream against great obstacles. Coaching Jack for 4 years through it all, I've learned so many lessons from my experiences coaching Jack Johnson. I've learned to recognize that each player learns and assimilates lessons in different ways and on different time table. I've learned to recognize that, as coaches, we benefit our players by staying focused on the student portion of the stude1 athlete moniker. For that I'm humbly grateful. Jack will be attending the University of Indianapolis to play Lacrosse!

Jacob Caudry Sport: Rugby College Attending: MSU Nomination: Coach Will Stewart Jacob Caurdy is an extraordinary young man, who began playing rugby for me two (2) years ago. Since he started playing, he always tried his hardest, and inspired others to push themselves to new heights. Jacob is one of the strongest players on the team and plays one of the most physically demanding positions in the game. In the off season, Jacob could often be found in the weight room conditioning himself for the upcoming season. He always encouraged others to join him, and he is a stellar example of what good attendance, and effort looks like for the under classman. Jacob also offered tutoring to other players who were struggling in classes over this two-year tenure with ruby. Jacob currently carries a 4.2 GPA, and an excellent SAT score, and is currently on a waitlist at the University of Michigan. Jacob is an awesome guy and is the most deserving young man on the team! He will excel at the collegiate level in both the classroom, and on the field. Jacob is entering the engineering program and hopes to continue his rugby career after High School.

Dana Schemanske Sport: Basketball College Attending: Grand Valley Nomination: Coach Paul Ash Dana Schemanske is one of the hardest working players to EVER play in our program. In fact, I have coached very few players who work harder than Dana! Dana was a three (3) year varsity player and was voted one of our Captains for the past two (2) seasons. Dana never took a drill or play off in practice or in a game in 4 years! Dana was named to the Petoskey All-Tournament team as our best player. She was also named First Team KLAA All-Conference for the second year in a row. Dana is very competitive with a strong desire to be successful on the court and in the classroom. There were numerous games early in the season where Dana carried our young team. Dana was voted our defensive player of the year for three (3) straight seasons. Additionally, Dana is a real pleasure to be around. She cares about her team mates, coaches and making her team and our program the best it can be. Dana is the player the coaching staff points to when giving the younger players an example of someone who works very hard and goes about things the right way! Dana will be attending Grand Valley State University in the Fall. She is considering tying to walk on at the Grand Valley State University team just like our friend "Rudy"!

Olivia Chandler Sport:Cross Country College Attending:Eastern Michigan University Nomination: Coach Kristi Matuszewski Olivia is extremely deserving of the Rudy Award. Olivia's character, commitment, drive, and selfless leadership are just some of the qualities which make her a "Rudy" type athlete. Coaching Olivia the last four (4) years has been very rewarding. Olivia entered our program after running in middle school and ran JV with eyes on Varsity. Olivia trained hard in the off season and came back stronger her sophomore and junior year. As a senior, she was ready to take the reins and I made her captain and she did not disappoint. Olivia lead her team to a surprising regional championship and state qualifying team her senior year. Olivia will be attending Eastern Michigan University to study speech pathology and will be running Cross Country and track for EMU.