Penn State Athletic Director David Joyner ensured that the 2012 Penn State football team would never be forgotten by adding its year to the list of undefeated and championship seasons onto the east side suites at Beaver Stadium.
Now, a local couple is taking it a step further. Philip and Rosalind Skyhave decided to honor coach Bill O’ Brien and the 2012 team by committing a $50,000 scholarship in their honor, according to a press release on Penn State Live.
“We feel very fortunate and honored to receive such a generous gift,” said Associate Athletic Director Greg Myford.
The STAR Scholarship, which stands for “Special Team Always Remember”, will generate scholarship funds for student-athletes on the Penn State football team. The “L’s” in the title of the scholarship stand for the “loyalty” that the team displayed by sticking together through the roughest of times for the Penn State football program.
Furthermore, the Skys are encouraging other fans to contribute gifts of their own to the new endowment. Anyone can contribute gifts to the Star Football Scholarship online at GiveNow.psu.edu/2012Football or by phone at 800-Nittany.
“This gift from the Skys is an exceptional gesture that offers other fans the chance to honor the 2012 football team in a powerful and lasting way,” said Joyner, according to the Penn State Live press release.
“As an endowed scholarship that will help many student-athletes in years to come, the STAR Football Scholarship embodies the best of Penn State’s values, so it will be an impressive show of support for the team and a great legacy to establish in their name. We are extremely grateful for the Skys’ generosity and for the support that the Penn State community has shown the football team over the past year.”