Two from Big Ten awarded Kevin Higgins Scholarships

D1A Rugby: Two from Big Ten awarded Kevin Higgins Scholarships
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LAFAYETTE, Colo. – Ohio State’s Andrew Baldado and Michigan’s Kyle Patmore were recently named as two of the 10 men and women awarded 2016 Kevin Higgins College Scholarships. The scholarships, named after the two-time Rugby World Cup performer and legendary Men’s Eagles center and presented by the U.S. Rugby Foundation, are awarded annually to current seniors in high school planning to continue their rugby careers in college or to players who have recently begun college careers. The scholarships are worth $1,000 each.

After a decorated career at St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland, which included a High School All-American selection, State Championships in both sevens and 15s, as well as a cumulative GPA of 3.95, Baldado enrolled at Ohio State University this past fall. Playing fly half, Baldado started every match for the Buckeyes and scored a try in the team’s shutout victory against Iowa.

Patmore captained the team at Brighton High School while earning a 3.8 GPA before moving over to Ann Arbor, Mich., to begin his playing career with the Wolverines. In his first season at the University of Michigan, Patmore started in the No. 10 jumper in matches against Indiana, Michigan State and Illinois.

“Kyle is one of the most upstanding young men I’ve ever met,” complimented Michigan Head Coach Brandon Sparks. “His work ethic is only surpassed by integrity. While he is only a freshman, you wouldn’t know it with how he conducts himself, and Michigan Rugby will only be better for having him here.”

The 10 deserving recipients 2016 Kevin Higgins College Scholarships now brings the USRF’s total of awarded scholarships to 82.