Ridgway earns prestigious scholarship


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Gaven Ridgway (center) poses with high school principal Mr. Richard Schreier and football coach Mr. Nick Lovrich after receiving a scholarship from the National Football Foundation.

Jacob Hawn, Staff Writer

Bellwood-Antis senior Gaven Ridgway recently won a scholarship presented by the Central Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame. 

Each school in the area was asked to nominate a senior football player that was thought to qualify for this scholarship. The application required a high school transcript and SAT/ACT test scores. 

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A majority of the scholarship is based on three major categories: Academic Achievement, Athletic Achievement, and Extracurricular/Community Service Participation. 

“It is a great honor for Gaven to win one of the scholarships presented by the NFF,” said Mr. Nick Lovrich, head varsity football coach. “This speaks to the well-rounded person that he has become throughout his time here at B-A since the committee looks at academics, athletics, and community service. We are very proud of him.” 

Several other Bellwood-Antis football players have won this award, including Zach Mallon, Caden Nagle, Matthew McMillan, Casey Gray, Zachary Doyle, Troy Beaver, and Joshua Hayes.

“It means a lot to win the scholarship,” said Ridgway. “I’ve done a lot of hard work in the classroom and on the football field. It feels good to know my hard work paid off in the long run.”

The scholarship is worth $1,000. After the committee had examined all applicants, they rank ordered them to determine scholarship winners.

Gaven plans on attending college at Mount Aloysius to pursue a degree in nursing.