Redbird Baseball announces scholarship recipients for the period 2021-22
NORMAL, sick. – Each year, Deserved Illinois State Baseball Student-Athletes are selected as recipients of prestigious Illinois State University Scholarships. This year, five outstanding Redbird baseball players were selected by the fourth-year head coach for the award Steve Holm.
The winners of the five 2021-22 baseball grants for the academic year are R.yan Cermak, Jordan lussier, L.uke cheng, Colin Wyman, and Jake McCaw.
Raymond W. Fairchild Fellowship // Ryan Cermak, 3-year Sun., OF, Riverside, Ill.
Cermak was named Defensive Player of the Year and First Team All-MVC of the Missouri Valley Conference in his first season in the outfield, having played third base in 2020 and early 2021. Cermak was also named a Freshman All-American by the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. With numerous sensational highlight reel games, Cermak scored a fielding percentage of 0.992 in the outfield and added six outfield assists on the way to earning MVC All-Defensive Team Awards. Cermak held a batting average of 0.284, while leading the team for batting percentage (0.553), extra base hits (26), home runs (11), total bases (114) and RBIs (38) in 2021.
The Fairchild Endowment is a scholarship given each academic year to a Redbird baseball player who excels in the classroom and on the field. It is named after the former President of the State of Illinois, Raymond W. Fairchild, who ran the university from 1933 to 1954.
Duffy Bass Scholarship // Jordan lussier, 3-YR So., RHP, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
Lussier received Honorable Mention All-MVC awards after becoming a dependable starter mug for the Redbirds. Lussier owned a 4.36 ERA, striking 67 bats in 74.1 innings. Lussier turned an impressive 3.49 ERA in MVC action and recorded four wins against MVC opponents.
The scholarship is named after the former Illinois state head coach who led the program to more than 700 wins and the 1969 College Division National Championship. It is awarded each year to a junior or senior ISU baseball player who most shows the legacy of Bass.
Foundation scholarship from the Schuster family // Luke Cheng, 2-YR So., INF, Olney, Md.
Cheng struggled with a hamstring injury in the 2021 season, started in 22 games and appeared on all four infield courses. Cheng played mostly shortstop and offered impressive range and highlight reel skills. Cheng hit 0.185 in 2021 with a base percentage of 0.324.
The Schuster Family Endowed Scholarship was launched in 2009 in honor of Andrew Schuster, a four-year-old a Letter winner in baseball for the Redbirds and Danielle Miller-Schuster, a member of the Redline Express. The scholarship was sponsored by Robert and LaNita Cobbler and is awarded annually to a junior or senior member of the State of Illinois baseball team.
Herschel Brock Scholarship // Colin Wyman, 5-YR Sr., RHP, Pflugerville, Texas
Wyman was a strong mid-late discharge option for the Redbirds in 2021. He appeared in 19 games and made two starts. Wyman posted an inflated ERA of 5.60 and offered multiple five-innings goalless games in 2021 (3/9 against Western Illinois, 4/16 against Milwaukee). Wyman recorded 39 strikeouts in 45 pitched innings.
The Herschel Brock Scholarship was launched in 2008 by Jeff Brock. The scholarship honors his father Hershel. The scholarship is awarded annually to a junior or senior athlete from the state of Illinois.
Stephen Heaton Endowment Scholarship // Jake McCaw, 5-YR Jr., 1B, Bloomington, ill.
McCaw, who graduated with a 3.92 GPA in business informatics in the spring of 2021, was named First-Team All-MVC in 2021 after a breakout season. McCaw led the MVC in the batting average (.417), hits (43) and doubles (10) during the conference play. McCaw finished second in the MVC batting average (.367) while his 66 hits and 14 doubles led the Illinois State team. McCaw also received the Dr. Charlotte West Scholar-Athlete Award from the MVC.
The scholarship was launched in March 2010 by the Heaton and Nancy Heaton family in honor of their late husband Steve. Steve studied baseball from 1965 until he graduated in 1968. He studied business education and received honors as dean for six of his eight semesters. Steve dedicated his life to teaching business and coaching baseball. His commitment and leadership inspired many students and players to pursue careers in training and coaching. Nancy is also a proud graduate who earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Illinois State University. The scholarship is for a male student-athlete in college of business with a penchant for baseball and a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.
These endowed scholarships are among Illinois State’s 31 student-athletes funded by private donors. For more information on setting up or participating in a foundation scholarship, please call the Weisbecker Scholarship Fund office at (309) 438-3803. To learn more about each current foundation, visit the WSF website at www.weisbeckerscholarshipfund.com.
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