Highland Awarded Ruebush Endowed Scholarship
July 15, 2013
NORMAL, Ill. - Illinois State head football coach Brock Spack awarded junior Chris Highland the W.E. Ruebush Endowed Scholarship for the 2013-14 academic year, for his dedication on the field of play and in the classroom.
The W.E. Ruebush (REW-bush) Endowed Scholarship is presented annually to a Redbird football player who carries at least a 3.2 cumulative grade-point average (GPA). The scholarship was established on October 22, 2005, by the W.E. Ruebush Foundation, which was funded to provide journalism and athletic scholarships. In addition to the scholarship at Illinois State, the foundation has also funded higher education awards at Iowa and Florida.
The scholarship is named for the former Illinois State football team captain in 1932. Ruebush, who died in 1991, lettered four years as a center on the Redbird football team, before graduating in 1932. He also lettered two seasons in baseball and basketball and was active in the Gamma Phi Circus, the "N" Club, band and orchestra, Commerce Club, Varsity Club and the Philadelphian Debate Society.
"Chris is a very good student and an excellent longsnapper, a position that goes unnoticed by many people, but is very important to us as coaches," Spack said. "I've been around some longsnappers that may have been a bit more athletic than Chris, but none that are as accurate and snap with as much velocity as he does. He is reliable in everything he does, both on the football field, and in the classroom and his work at the campus radio and television stations. He's a pleasure to be around and a great ambassador for our program."
Highland was recently named to The Sports Network 2013 FCS Preseason All-America Third Team and heads into his second season as the Redbirds' primary longsnapper. He served in that role in all 13 games last season, and was not credited with a bad snap all season. The Normal, Ill., native and Bloomington Central Catholic product was one of six Redbird players who posted a 4.0 grade point average (GPA) during the Spring 2013 semester and maintains a cumulative GPA of 3.46 in broadcast journalism.
"It's a great honor to be selected for the W.E. Ruebush Endowed Scholarship," Kiser said. "Any time you receive an honor like this and Coach Spack recognizes you for your hard work, it means a lot. Everyone on our team puts in many hours at the study center, in the classroom, in the weight room and on the field to be better student-athletes, and for me to be recognized among such a hard-working group is great."
The W.E. Ruebush Endowed Scholarship is one of 24 endowed scholarships available to Illinois State student-athletes that are funded by private donors. For more information about establishing an endowed scholarship, please call the Weisbecker Scholarship Fund office at (309) 438-3803.
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