As part of the PeyBack Foundation’s ongoing mission to better the lives of today’s youth the Foundation has developed a PeyBack Foundation Scholarship. Beginning in 2009, athletic directors from the schools participating in the PeyBack Classic have the opportunity to nominate students for the scholarship. All of the students nominated are involved in athletics, their community and thrive academically.
2013 Scholarship Recipient — Matt Fitzpatrick, Heritage Christian School
The 2013 PeyBack Foundation scholarship recipient is Matt Fitzpatrick from Heritage Christian School. Matt plans on attending Valparaiso University in the fall where he plans on studying civil engineering. He played varsity football, basketball and lacrosse for HCS and tutored inner city children. His senior year, he was selected by his football teammates to receive the Christian Leadership Award, the highest honor bestowed on an athlete at HCS. He is the fourth child of Ray and Jill Fitzpatrick.
Matt will receive $10,000 a year for each of his four years at Valparaiso University
photo courtesy of Ross DeMerchant, Heritage Christian School
2012 Scholarship Recipient — Jeffrey Zhao, Cathedral High School
The 2012 PeyBack Foundation scholarship recipient is Jeffrey Zhao from Cathedral High School. Jeffrey plans on attending Indiana University in the fall. He played varsity football for Cathedral, was a member of the National Honor Society and volunteered his time to numerous community organizations.
Jeffrey will receive $10,000 a year for each of his four years at Indiana University.
2011 Scholarship Recipient — Jacob Slusher, Greensburg Community High School
The 2011 PeyBack Foundation Scholarship nominees came from Shelbyville, Greensburg, Mount Vernon, and Kokomo. Jacob Slusher, a senior at Greensburg Community High School, was selected from among the applicants to receive the second annual PeyBack Foundation Scholarship. Jacob was a strong student at Greensburg, who was captain of his football team, a Habitat for Humanity and Optimist volunteer, and coach/referee for the youth wrestling club.
Jacob attends the University of Indianapolis where he plans to study pre-medicine and biology with the hope of one day becoming a doctor.
Jacob will receive $10,000 a year for each of his four years at University of Indianapolis.
2010 Scholarship Recipient — Brandon Washington, Arlington High School
The 2010 nominees came from Lebanon, Greenwood, Mooresville, Arlington, and Tech High Schools. The recipient of the first annual PeyBack Foundation scholarship was chosen by members of the Foundation’s Resource Council and Peyton Manning.
The recipient of the 2010 PeyBack Foundation Scholarship was Brandon Washington of Arlington High School. Brandon is an exemplary young man who embodies all of the Foundation’s ideals; he was the senior class president, a 21st century scholar, a three sport athlete and the top of his graduating class.
Brandon will receive $10,000 a year for each of his four years at Indiana University.
Congratulations to Brandon Washington, the first PeyBack Foundation Scholarship recipient, on earning his undergraduate degree from Indiana University in May 2014.