Cowboy Joe Club Announces Annual Scholarship Recipients

Dec. 8, 1999

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

AARON ELLING NAMED WINNER OF THE JOHN AND HELEN ILSLEY SCHOLARSHIP

Aaron Elling, junior place-kickerfor the University of Wyoming football team, was just named therecipient of the John and Helen Ilsley Scholarship. The announcementwas made by University of Wyoming Cowboy Joe Club Executive DirectorRandy Welniak.

The scholarship was established by John and Helen Ilsley of Sheridan,Wyo., to aid a UW football player from the states of Wyoming, Montana orSouth Dakota, who demonstrates academic and athletic excellence.

"Aaron Elling is a well deserving recipient of this scholarship. He isan excellent student and a tremendous athlete. It is great to see astudent-athlete from Wyoming like Aaron that has been so successful onand off the field," said Welniak.

Elling, a native of Lander, Wyo., has been a great addition for theCowboy football team after walking on the team a year ago. He was anHonorable Mention All-Conference selection last year and had a verysolid year this past football season. Before coming to the Universityof Wyoming, Elling played soccer for George Fox College (NAIA) inNewberg, Oregon. His team advanced to regional finals before losing toSimon Fraser University. Elling has a 3.42 GPA and is majoring inexercise and sport science.

Former Cowboy football player Brian Brown was last year's recipient.

JACQUE FINN NAMED WINNER OF THE NATRONA COUNTY SCHOLARSHIP

Jacque Finn, a freshman safety onthe University of Wyoming football team, was named the recipient of theNatrona County Scholarship. The announcement was made by the Universityof Wyoming Cowboy Joe Club Executive Director Randy Welniak.

The scholarship was established by C & Y Transportation and WOTCO to begiven to a Natrona County student-athlete who demonstrates commitment toacademics and athletics.

"Jacque Finn is this year's recipient," said Welniak. "He is a greataddition to the Wyoming football team both on and off the field. He hasattracted a lot of interest from our fans being an in-state athlete andwill represent Casper and the state of Wyoming well."

Finn, a native of Casper, Wyo., was named to the Wyoming All-State teamand Casper Star-Tribune Super 25 as a senior in high school. Anextremely versatile athlete, Finn played quarterback, cornerback, safetyand wide receiver. This past football season, Finn was redshirted andwill begin his collegiate play next fall. He has just finished hisfirst semester at the University of Wyoming and has not decided on amajor.

Former Wyoming golfer, Tracy Richardson was the previous recipient ofthis award.

AARON FRUDE NAMED WINNER OF THE FIRST EVERJAMES A. & YVONNE YORK SCHOLARSHIP

Aaron Frude, sophomore widereceiver for the University of Wyoming football team, was just named thefirst recipient of the James A. & Yvonne York Scholarship. Theannouncement was made by Randy Welniak, University of Wyoming Cowboy JoeExecutive Director.

The Scholarship was established in honor of James "Ol' Jim" and YvonneYork, who were adamant fans of Wyoming Athletics and natives ofEncampment, Wyo. The Yorks are loyal members of the Cowboy Joe Club andwork tirelessly to promote the program. James York was the recipient ofthe Cowboy Joe Club's most honored award, the White Hat Award last year.

"Aaron Frude is an ideal recipient of this scholarship," said Welniak."His exceptional work ethic, both in the classroom and on the field,makes him an ideal role model. The Athletic Department and theUniversity of Wyoming couldn't ask for a better representative."

Frude, a native of Laramie, Wyo., redshirted his first season with theCowboys in 1997, and saw some playing time on special teams in 1998.This past season Frude played on special teams and was a back up widereceiver under Tommy Nash. Frude has a 3.46 GPA and is majoring incivil engineering.

AMANDA ROBERTS AWARDED GOLDEN EAGLE CLUB SCHOLARSHIPFOR SECOND CONSECUTIVE YEAR

Amanda Roberts, senior Cowgirltennis player for the University of Wyoming, has just been named therecipient of the Golden Eagle Club Scholarship for the secondconsecutive year. The announcement was made by University of WyomingCowboy Joe Club Executive Director Randy Welniak.

The Golden Eagle Club Scholarship has been established by the GoldenEagle Club of Cheyenne, Wyo., to help benefit deserving University ofWyoming student-athletes.

The Golden Eagle Club was for years a primary supporter of LaramieCounty Community College (LCCC) Athletics. When LCCC dissolved theirathletic program, the Golden Eagle Club decided to use the funds theyhad raised to continue their support of Laramie County student-athletesthrough the University of Wyoming Cowboy Joe Club.

"For the second consecutive year, Amanda Roberts is the recipient ofthis award. A Cheyenne native, Amanda has been an integral part of theCowgirl Tennis team's success. She is an invaluable leader," saidWelniak.

Roberts, a graduate fo Cheyenne Central High School, is the onlyCowgirl currently on the UW tennis team that is from Wyoming. She was amember of the inaugural University of Wyoming women's tennis team in1996 and has made a great impact on the program. She is a great leaderand won the Cowgirl Spirit Award in 1998.

LeDARION JONES NAMED RECIPIENT OF THE BILL STRANNIGAN SCHOLARSHIP

LeDarion Jones, senior forward forthe University of Wyoming Men's Basketball team, was named the firstwinner of the Bill Strannigan Scholarship. The announcement was made byUniversity of Wyoming Cowboy Joe Club Executive Director Randy Welniak.

The scholarship was set up through generous donations from Bill'sfamily, friends, former players, and teammates. Bill was an outstandingbasketball player and was the head coach for the University of Wyomingfor fourteen seasons. The scholarship was formed to aid a University ofWyoming student-athlete who demonstrates a commitment to excellence bothin the classroom and on the court as well as team leadership skills.

"LeDarion Jones represents exactly what this scholarship was intendedfor...commitment to excellence, academic success and a committedleader," said Welniak. "Last year, he was recognized as an Arthur AsheJr. Sports Scholar. LeDarion is an exemplary student-athlete and a welldeserving recipient."

Jones, a native of Bartow, Fla., transferred from Clemson University in1997 and has made a tremendous impact on the Cowboy team. In theOctober 1998 issue of ESPN Magazine, Jones was featured as a player towatch in 1998. Jones has a 3.42 GPA in industrial technology educationand hopes to become a teacher.

EMILY HOLLON NAMED WINNER OF THE ALUIA SPRATT SCHOLARSHIP

Emily Hollon, a senior sprintfreestyle swimmer for the University of Wyoming Swimming and Divingteam, has just been named the winner of the Aluia Spratt Scholarship.The announcement was made by Randy Welniak, University of Wyoming CowboyJoe Club Executive Director.

The scholarship was established by Aluia Spratt of Riverton, Wyo., tohonor a University of Wyoming student-athlete who has demonstrated astrong commitment to academics, athletics and community involvement.

"Emily Hollon has been awarded this year's scholarship. Heraccomplishments both in the classroom and the pool speak forthemselves," said Welniak

Hollon, a native of Laramie, Wyo., was a 1999 WAC Scholar Athlete andcurrently holds the University of Wyoming record in the 50 meterfreestyle. Her collegiate bests are 24.19 in the 50 freestyle, 52.67 inthe 100 freestyle and 1:55.30 in the 200 freestyle. The CowgirlSwimming and Diving team currently have a 4-0 overall record thus farthis season and should continue to do very well in the new Mountain WestConference, where they are 3-0.

Former University of Wyoming volleyball player, Anne Stohrer was lastyear's scholarship winner.

COREY HAMRICK NAMED WINNER OF THE REIMAN SCHOLARSHIP

Corey Hamrick, a senior Universityof Wyoming wrestler, was just named the recipient of the ReimanScholarship. The announcement was made by University of Wyoming CowboyJoe Club Executive Director Randy Welniak.

The scholarship was established in memory of Bob Reiman, who passedaway in 1996. Reiman loved Wyoming athletics and was a past presidentof the Cowboy Joe Club. The scholarship is given to a University ofWyoming student-athlete that is a Wyoming high school graduate, has atleast a 3.0 grade-point-average and has a strong work ethic.

"Corey Hamrick is an ideal recipient of this scholarship" said Welniak."A native of Wheatland, Corey is a tireless competitor both in theclassroom and on the mat. He has the heart of a champion."

Hamrick, a native of Wheatland, Wyo., has been on the Cowboy Wrestlingteam since 1995 and has been a great leader for his team. In 1997-98Hamrick placed fourth at the WAC Championships and finished the seasonwith an overall record of 22-13. Hamrick is also the president of theStudent Advisory Council and has a 3.82 GPA in Physical Education.

Last year's recipient was Cowgirl Volleyball player Jami Laya.

AL RICH NAMED RECIPIENT OF THE RYAN E. WILLSON "WANT TO" SCHOLARSHIP

Al Rich, a junior free safety forthe University of Wyoming football team, was just named the recipient ofthe Ryan E. Willson "Want To" Scholarship. The announcement was made byUniversity of Wyoming Cowboy Joe Club Executive Director Randy Welniak.

The scholarship was established by the parents fo Ryan E. Willson to begiven to a deserving Wyoming, South Dakota, Montana or Colorado graduatewith excellent work ethic who represents Cowboy toughness.

"It is hard to find a better recipient that Al Rich for thisscholarship," said Welniak, "He is a tremendous athlete and anoutstanding student. His dedication in the classroom and on the fieldis unparalleled. Al is a fierce competitor and a great role model."

Rich, a native of Colorado Springs, Colo., was second this year ininterceptions with three on the year and had 75 tackles, 22 of whichwere solo tackles. He was named First Team All-Conference in 1998,becoming only the 10th sophomore in Wyoming history to earn First TeamWAC honors. He started three games for the Cowboys as a true freshmanand saw playing time in all 13 games that year as well. He has a 3.26GPA and is majoring in communications.

Teammate, Brian Van Emmerick was last year's recipient of this award.