Maverick Club awards scholarships
Five teams and eight fifth-year seniors have received scholarship awards from Colorado Mesa University’s Maverick Club.
In addition, a $7,000 scholarship went to the Athletic Director Fund, which will be awarded by Butch Miller to an incoming student-athlete based not only on athletic ability, but academics and citizenship.
“It’s not only based on need, but for that new player that can make a difference,” said Rick Adleman, president of the Maverick Club. “The coaches can come to Butch with someone who will be significant to the team but also meet academic standards.”
More and more emphasis is being put on academics, with coaches evaluated not only on their won-loss records, but team GPA and academic progress, Adleman said, so the club wanted to put an emphasis on academics in its awards.
In all, the Maverick Club doled out $17,000 in scholarship awards this year.
The CMU women’s golf and tennis teams each received $1,500 for their scholarship funds after qualifying for the NCAA Division II national playoffs this past spring.
The baseball, wrestling and lacrosse teams each received $1,000 after their successful seasons.
The baseball team won the RMAC championship and advanced to the regional playoffs.
The wrestling team crowned two RMAC/Super Region champions and qualified five for the national championships, and the men’s lacrosse team won its first Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association title in only its second year of existence.
For several years,the Maverick Club has awarded fifth-year scholarships to players who have completed their athletic eligibility but are completing their degrees.
This year, eight student-athletes will receive $500 each: Michael Bear and Blake Francom (men’s basketball); Bashiru Ali (men’s soccer); Kaitlan Sera and Kelleen Sera (women’s tennis); Kelly Parkhurst and Sophia Whigham (women’s soccer); and Myka Wiebe (women’s lacrosse).
The Maverick Club has about 125 members and has several levels of membership, from $100 to $5,000. Benefits, including season tickets, watching games from the suites at Brownson Arena and next year at Stocker Stadium and Suplizio Field, and membership to the Hamilton Recreation Center, vary, depending on the level.
Adleman said the number of memberships at the $1,000 level has risen significantly in the past couple of years.