The CHAMP Heart of a Champion Senior Scholarship
Commissioned in 2009, the CHAMP Heart of a Champion Senior Scholarship (CHCSS) program honors male and female graduating college-bound high school seniors who have been acknowledged by their coaches, teachers and peers as having exemplified the ultimate Athlete of Character during their high school athletic career. Winners of the scholarships have been nominated by coaches, teachers, friends, employers and others and evaluated by a CHAMP selection committee made up of community members.
2016 Scholarship Recipients
Haley Donaldson (FRHS – Softball)
Haley Donaldson played 4 years of Varsity Softball at Fossil Ridge HS where she was 3 time All-Conference, All-State Shortstop 1st team, and All-Academic 1st team while holding a 3.9 GPA. One of the most feared hitters in Colorado, most teams don’t pitch to her. With all of Haley’s on-field accomplishments and off-field involvements, it is even more impressive that Haley accomplished all this while having been born deaf with a Cochlear Implant added on one side at age 5 and overcoming a torn ACL/MCL/PCL. One of her coaches said, “Haley has impacted so many people with her positive personality, sense of humor, selflessness, work ethic and perseverance. Certainly a role model for her peers. She is a class act and truly is a special person.” Another coach said, “She may be one of the most selfless teammates ever…no mean bone in her body… just pure love and passion for the game and for life.” Haley will be taking her Heart of a Champion next fall to the University of Nebraska.
Maria Ostapovich (FRHS – Softball)
Maria Ostapovich has not had an easy road to success in athletics and had to fight her way through 2 major ACL surgeries in a matter of 3 years to reach her goals. Her coach said, “She never complained, never missed a single practice, supported her teammates unconditionally, and never made it about herself. Maria has the heart and perseverance that every coach wishes to see in their players and she carries that trait to all aspects of her life.” The Fossil Ridge HS Senior played 4 years of Varsity Softball, and 1 year of track. She was awarded All-Conference All-Academic by maintaining a 3.94 GPA and received a 31 on her ACT. Maria will take her softball talent, high academic standards, and outstanding character to Boston next fall where she will be attending Tufts University.
Coby Dolgin (RMHS – Wrestling)
Coby is a four-year varsity wrestler where he has consistently demonstrated tremendous work ethic, character, and leadership abilities, and is a student before an athlete, according to his coach Ken Taylor. After a season ending hip injury, Coby refused to quit and give up on his dream of wrestling. He courageously wrestled his first match in three years this January against FCHS. He is victorious in numerous ways in front of his peers, parents, and coaches. He is the Senior Class President and often dedicates his time to local service projects. In spite of a significant learning disability, Coby maintains a 4.08 GPA and dreams of pursuing a degree in Aeronautical Engineering.
Nolan Huey (FRHS – Swimming)
Nolan is known as a committed, hard-working, and dedicated member of the Boys Swim team where he is the 2015 16 Team Captain. He helped his team win three consecutive conference titles and last year they won the first boys’ team state title. On his Club team, Fort Collins Area Swim Team, Nolan is a consistent state and sectional qualifier. Coach Mark Morehouse says, “He invests his effort not only into his own performance but into the development of his teammates”. Nolan inspires and encourages with positive support while he helps them learn and develop. Most
importantly, Nolan is an excellent student with a 3.7 GPA.
Analise Iwanski (RMHS – Swimming)
Analise lettered four years on Rocky Mountain High School’s swim team. She is also a team captain who led her 200 free relay team to win their race and setting a new school record in the fastest meet of the season. This earned the team the #1 ranking in the state of Colorado. Her character and dedication is demonstrated with perfect attendance for both practices and meets. She encourages others during trainings, races, and practices. According to her teacher, coach, and mentor Mike Dyer, “It is her balance, drive, and passion for life that enhances Analise’s achievements”. Analise has a 4.02 GPA and will be attending CU Boulder in the fall.
Zachary Ogg (PHS – Cross Country)
Zachary is a standout Cross Country athlete who also runs Track & Field, wrestled, swam, and played football at Poudre High School. Stacey Crockett and Sharon Darland of PHS commend him for overcoming many personal obstacles in his life to become a highly motivated and positive individual to his teammates. It is through his love of Cross Country that Zach found the inner strength to believe in himself and encourage others to do the same. While his achievements on and off the field are impressive, his greatest asset is his sense of teamwork. His team of supporters believe Zach will go on to do many good things.
2011 Heart of a Champion Award Winners