The Braves Athletic Hall of Fame

BAHOF

BAHOF Scholarships

Scholarship Opportunities

 


Student-Athlete Scholarship

In 2005, the Braves Athletic Hall of Fame voted to establish scholarships for the benefit of current student-athletes. The first awards were given in the fall of 2006. In 2016-17, the organization is providing four $1,000 awards to the top student-athletes as determined by the coaching staff and athletic director.
 
The scholarships were endowed in 2008. They are funded by the Braves Athletic Hall of Fame membership and friends. Contributions to the scholarships are invited online by credit card or by check made payable to Ottawa University with BAHOF Scholarship in the memo portion.
 

2017-2018 Recipients

Chisholm Branscum - Women's Track & Field
Christian Abenes - Men's Lacrosse
Lacey Henderson - Women's Wrestling
Michael Kinkelaar - Men's Golf

 

2016-2017 Recipients

Allison Corfield - Women's Tennis
Janaya Fox - Women's Volleyball
Alex Hasty - Men's Basketball
Caroline Jenkins - Women's Soccer
Wyatt Ross - Football
Ashley Romig - Women's Basketball

2015-2016 Recipients

Zach Brown - Basketball
Blake Davies - Football
Angelica Tapia - Soccer
Jordan Calderwood - Cross Country

2014-2015 Recipients
Alejandro Villegas - Baseball
Adam Hasty - Basketball
Annie Kessler - Soccer
Allie Arnold - Volleyball
Chelsea Fullerton - Cross Country/Track

2013-2014 Recipients
Jon Hilliger - Football
Amber Ramsey - Basketball
Autumn Surage - Soccer
Erin Shriver - Golf
Riley Folk - Basketball

2012-2013 Recipients
Matthew Gross - Football
Jacob Loucks - Baseball
Morgan Boore - Track & Field
Kristen Hendrickson - Volleyball


Coach Bill Boucek Scholarship

Coach Bill Boucek

About Bill B. Boucek
Coach Bill B. Boucek ’49 participated in football and track as an Ottawa University student. In 1954, he started coaching track, women’s basketball, football, and basketball for more than 35 years and began the weight lifting program at OU. He was KCAC Coach of the Year 11 times. He was also athletic director, dean of men, and physical education department chair, retiring in 1989. He served his country in the Army during WWII and was a charter member of the Braves Athletic Hall of Fame. The Bill Boucek Scholarship is a $1,000 award.

2017-2018 Recipient

Joseph Bergthold, Men's Track & Field, Cross Country

2016-2017 Recipient
Chisholm Branscum, Track & Field
2015-2016 Recipient
Chisholm Branscum, Track & Field
2014-2015 Recipient
Caleb Love, Cross Country/Track
2013-2014 Recipient
Cole Carlson - Track and Field
2012-2013 Recipient
Jena Richardson - Track and Field

Coach Dick Peters Scholarship

Coach Bill Boucek

About Dick Peters
Coach Dick Peters’ playing career included three letters each in football and track, as well as All-Big Six End honors at Kansas State University. He served as assistant coach for three years at Ottawa University, becoming head football coach in 1956 to create a record of 129-42-3 in 22 years, including three undefeated seasons. OU won the KCAC Conference title in football seven times and took the title four times in track from 1949-1952 under Peters’ coaching. He also served as athletic director. He was elected to the NAIA Coaches Hall of Fame in 1973 and posthumously to the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame in 1977. He was a WWII veteran and was a charter member of the Braves Athletic Hall of Fame. The Peters Scholarship is a $1,000 award.

2017-2018 Recipient

Dylan Wheeler, Football

2016-2017 Recipient
Wyatt Ross, Football
2015-2016 Recipient
Dexter Hayes, Football
2014-2015 Recipient
Gene Dydell, Football
2013-2014 Recipient
Wes Coombes - Football
2012-2013 Recipient
Shane Gizmo - Football

Bill Frear Scholarship

Coach Bill Boucek

About Bill Frear
Coach Bill Frear ’50 is one of the most accomplished Braves basketball coaches in OU history. As an Ottawa University athlete, he was part of three KCAC championship teams and was a two-year all-conference selection. As a head basketball coach from 1955 to 1978, he recorded 267 wins and five conference championships. He also served as athletic director; head baseball, tennis, and golf coach; football and track assistant; and professor. He was a WWII Marine veteran and was a charter member of the Braves Athletic Hall of Fame. The Frear Scholarship is awarded to two recipients, each receiving $500.

2017-2018 Recipients

Hollis Mitchell, Men's Basketball
Jenna Kramer, Women's Basketball

 
2016-2017 Recipients
Logan Bullinger, Men's Basketball
Kaylee Williams, Women's Basketball
2015-2016 Recipients
Tyler Shaffer, Basketball
Madison Stewart, Basketball
2014-2015 Recipients
Colin Nichols, Basketball
Madison Stewart, Basketball
2013-2014 Recipients
Zach Brown - Basketball
Mikayla Skidmore - Basketball
2012-2013 Recipients
Chase Dippel - Basketball
April Dowell - Basketball

Elaine "Mom" Pyle Scholarship

Coach Bill Boucek

About Elaine Pyle
Elaine “Mom” Pyle began her career at Ottawa University in 1984 in the registrar’s office, becoming University registrar in 1995 and serving until her death in 2006. She was dedicated to OU and was a devoted OU basketball fan. Known to many as “Mom,” Elaine was a difference-maker, positively impacting many lives with her compassionate, caring, honest, loyal, fair, generous, and intelligent manner. She was a strong Christian and understood that the real mission of a Christian-affiliated institution was to act with love and care, inspiring all to reach new heights. She loved all, no matter the outcome. The Pyle Scholarships of $500 are awarded in her memory.

2017-2018 Recipients

Titus Rice, Men's Basketball
Jessica King, Women's Basketball


2016-2017 Recipients
Kameron Lindsay, Men's Basketball
Jessica King, Women's Basketball
2015-2016 Recipients
John O'Con II, Basketball
Morgan Grammer, Basketball
2014-2015 Recipients
Bryan Newton, Basketball
Morgan Grammer, Basketball
2013-2014 Recipients
Kameron Lindsay - Basketball
Morgan Grammer - Basketball
2012-2013 Recipients
Kameron Lindsay - Basketball
Shauna McClure - Basketball

Jim Smith Awards

Coach Bill Boucek

About Jim Smith
Awarded annually to the student-athlete who exhibits the qualities of Jim Smith, Class of 1960, as the most enthusiastic, relentlessly optimistic, positive, and upbeat athlete at Ottawa University, and who has this impact on his or her team.

2017-2018 Recipient

Phoebe Grubbs - Women's Track & Field, Cross Country

2016-2017 Recipients
Caitlin Doran, Women's Volleyball
Laura Yancey, Women's Track & Field

2015-2016 Recipient
Jennifer Luedtke, Tennis


Dudley Geise NAIA Champions of Character Awards

Coach Bill Boucek

About Dudley Geise
Dudley Geise ’53 served his country in the Air Force during WWII before attending Ottawa University in 1948 and earning 10 letters in varsity football, basketball and track. Following graduation, he taught various subjects and coached for 35 years in secondary education. For 25+ of those years, he was an FCA Huddle Leader, retiring in 1988. In 1991, he was inducted into the Kansas Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame and the Braves Athletic Hall of Fame. In recognition of his character, leadership, friendship, and encouragement to all, this award was created in 2008 to honor one female and one male each year who exhibit outstanding sportsmanship. Two $400 scholarships are awarded in his honor.

2017-2018 Recipients

Cole Osborne - Men's Soccer
Breanna Clayton - Women's Track & Field, Cross Country


2016-2017 Recipients
Ady Barraza, Women's Soccer
Jose Ventura, Men's Soccer
2015-2016 Recipients
Matt Haake, Baseball
Bryanna Music, Track&Field
2014-2015 Recipients
Elyssa Esposito, Golf
Evan Smith, Cross Country/Track
Jacob Martin, Soccer
2013-2014 Recipients
Annette "Annie" Kessler - Soccer
Blake Davies - Football
2012-2013 Recipients
Autumn Surage - Soccer>
Kodee Wood - Football