Frederick High School senior Thomas Silva has been awarded the Frederick Steeplechasers Memorial Scholarship. Silva who was a member of the Cadets cross country and indoor/outdoor track teams was awarded $2500.
According to the Steeplerchasers website…
In the spring of 2013, Steeplechaser member, friend, devoted husband, and father RickO’Donnell lost his battle with bile duct cancer. The Rick O’Donnell 5.22 Mile Trail Run and Ultra-Challenge was started in his memory, and is held annually at Greenbrier State Park.
In 2015, Larry Key, another friend and beloved Steeplechaser, died of a heart attack while out on a run.
Both Rick and Larry embodied the true spirit of what it means to be a runner and a friend, and the club wanted to continue to honor their spirit while giving back to the community. Thus, the FSRC Memorial Scholarship was created in 2016, dedicated to their memory. Net proceeds from the annual Rick’s Run, in addition to community donations, are used to fund the scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to Frederick-area high school seniors who, like Rick and Larry, have made a difference in the running community.
To learn more about the Frederick Steeplechasers or the scholarship click here