Banks Awarded Struck/Heldt Endowed Scholarship

Aug 23, 2013


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NORMAL, Ill. - Illinois State head football coach Brock Spack awarded junior Mike Banks the Ed Struck and Carl D. Heldt Endowed Football Scholarship for the 2013-14 academic year, for his dedication on the field of play and in the classroom.

The Ed Struck and Carl D. Heldt Endowed Football Scholarship was established and first awarded in 2012. Due to the impact of these two coaches, a group of former ISU players have established this scholarship and it shall be awarded annually. Ed Struck served as head football coach for over 20 years at ISU while Carl D. Heldt was part of the faculty for 22 years. This endowed scholarship will serve as legacies for future generations of Illinois State University student-athletes in perpetuity.

"Mike has been a really solid student-athlete here at Illinois State," Spack said. "Mike has always been very business-like in terms of playing football. He has been an excellent player for us."

Banks was named All-Missouri Valley Football Conference Honorable Mention for his efforts during Illinois State's 9-4 2012 season. The University Park, Ill., native started all 13 games at cornerback and led the team with 10 pass breakups. He tallied 55 tackles, added two interceptions and registered two quarterback hurries. The junior has started 24 career games for the Redbirds and was named to the Missouri Valley Football Conference All-Newcomer team in 2011. Banks is a health education major and has a 3.24 cumulative grade-point average.

"For me to be chosen is a big honor," Banks said. "It's always good to know that your hard work pays off and people acknowledge the hard work you're putting in. You need the whole team, the coaching staff and the support staff to accomplish these types of honors."

The Ed Struck and Carl D. Heldt Endowed Football 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. Your online source for Illinois State Athletics, tickets, Weisbecker Scholarship Fund gifts, multimedia, Redbird merchandise, photos and more.