Winamac’s Gearhart wins Cato Scholarship
BY VAL TSOUTSOURIS
Sports Editor, RTC
The IHSAA has awarded a C. Eugene Cato Memorial Scholarship to Winamac senior Aubrey Gearhart.
The scholarship is for $2,500. Gearhart is one of 13 senior student-athletes statewide to receive the scholarship.
Gearhart has a 4.18 GPA and ranks second academically in a class of 67 students. She lettered four times in basketball and softball and was a senior captain for both teams. She also lettered in volleyball as a senior.
“Outside of her athletic achievements, she was a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, National Honor Society, Athletic Leadership Council, the Conference Math Team, and the Sunshine Society. Aubrey also made time to make a difference in her community serving through her local church by volunteering at vacation bible school and providing meals for families in need, offering lawn care service to elderly members in the area, collecting toys and gifts for youth in need around Christmas time, raising money for Riley Children’s Hospital, and giving back to youth sports in her community through mentoring and coaching,” the IHSAA said in a statement.
The IHSAA also stated the following criteria for each scholarship winner in a press release.
“Each student completed and submitted a formal application and had to meet certain criteria to qualify including: 1) be enrolled and participating in interscholastic athletics at an IHSAA member school during this school year; 2) be a senior at an IHSAA member school who will graduate this school year; 3) win a varsity letter as an athlete in at least one of the 22 IHSAA-sanctioned athletic programs; 4) be nominated by the school’s principal; 5) carry a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale or the equivalent and; 6) have no violations of the school’s athletic code of conduct,” the press release said.
Gearhart was recognized at the Thomas A. Brady Sports Achievement Awards Dinner established by Methodist Sports Medicine on June 3.
She is an Indiana Wesleyan softball recruit.