Fred Russell-Grantland Rice TRA Sports
William Huesken Awarded 2014
Russell-Rice TRA Scholarship
ELKTON, MD –William Huesken will enter the freshman class at
Vanderbilt University as the 2014 recipient of the 56th Fred Russell-Grantland
Rice TRA Scholarship for sports journalism, it was announced Tuesday by the
Thoroughbred Racing Associations (TRA).
Huesken, a graduate of Saint Ignatius High School in Cleveland, OH, was selected
from 143 applicants for this year’s scholarship in the amount of $20,000 per
year for four years at Vanderbilt.
Named in honor of two legendary sports writing alumni of Vanderbilt, the
scholarship has an extraordinary record of producing prominent and successful
writers and television personalities, including Roy Blount, Jr., Bill
Livingston, Skip Bayless, John (Joe Bob Briggs) Bloom, David Sheinin, Tyler
Kepner, Lee Jenkins, and Daniel Wolken.
Huesken was actively involved in his school’s newspaper, The Eye, serving as
associate sports editor in his senior year, covering the hockey and crew teams
while also writing general news stories.
He was a volunteer at the Ohio City Farm, building benches and helping refugees
practice English while working side-by-side with them weeding, harvesting and
washing crops which were then distributed to local restaurants. He was a coach
of the C.A.T. Pack, serving as a leader for an after-school program for
middle-school boys who live in the St. Ignatius neighborhood.
He was a National Merit Semi-Finalist, an Eagle Scout and was a member of his
school’s Cross Country team all four years. He will major in Political Science
and Spanish with a career goal of law, sports management or journalism.
The scholarship winners, selected by a panel chaired by Oaklawn Park President
Charles J. Cella, have distinguished themselves not just in sports writing and
broadcasting, but in other fields as well.
The scholarship honors Vanderbilt alumni Grantland Rice and Fred Russell, two of
the greatest sports writers of all time. Initially, the scholarship was created
in 1956 to honor Grantland Rice, the dean of American sports writing, who died
in 1954. The scholarship received a funding endowment from Mr. Cella on behalf
of the TRA in 1986, and its name was amended to include the late Fred Russell,
the famed Nashville Banner sports columnist for 69 years and a mentor to many of
the scholarship winners.
The four-year scholarship is co-sponsored by Vanderbilt University and the TRA
and is awarded to an outstanding high school senior with special interest and
potential in the field of sports writing. The TRA represents 48 member racing
associations conducting Thoroughbred racing at 41 racetracks in North America.
Prior winners of the scholarship were:
1956 Charles Nord, Nashville, Tenn.
1957 Thomas Templin, Lexington, Ky.
1958 Larry Daughtrey, Nashville, Tenn.
1959 Roy A. Blount, Mill River, Mass.
1960 Saxon K. Chapin, Atlanta, Ga.
1961 Thomas D.Quinn, South America
1962 Robert E. Theil, Millbrae, Calif.
1963 Richard S. Osborne, Sharon, Pa.
1964 Leonard Goldstein, Miami, Fla.
1965 Michael Kierman, Arlington, Va.
1966 William Livingston, Voorhees, N.J.
1967 Barry (Mackie) Morris, Columbia, Mo.
1968 Dennis P. McAuliffe
1969 David R. Rapp, Nashville, Tenn.
1970 Skip Bayless, Dallas, Tex.
1971 John I. Bloom, Dallas, Tex.
1972 Irving Muchnick, New York, N.Y.
1973 Kevin Cuneo, Erie, Pa.
1974 Kevin McDonald, Silang, Cavite Phillipines
1975 David Brooks, Teaneck, N.J.
1976 Michael L. Jackson, Laconia, N.H.
1977 Edward O. Wilson, Greenwich, Conn.
1978 Charles Euchner, Huntington, NY
1979 Kenneth C. Ray, Boise, Idaho
1980 Zachary V. Wenger, Eagle River, Aka (81-82)
Columbia Blauvelt, N.Y. (83-84)
1981 C. Richard Bush, Lenoir, N.C.
1982 Mike D. Cornwell, Carlsbad, N.M.
1983 Tena B. Robinson, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
1984 Thomas Wilson, Troy, Ohio (85-86)
Chuck Manson, Florence, Ala.
1985 Paul J. Richman, Hacienda Heights, Calif.
1986 Michael Holmes, Haverville, Mass.
1987 David Shenin, Carrollton, Ga.
1988 Andrew Maraniss, Austin, Tex.
1989 Mitchell Light, New Providence, N.J.
1990 Clay Hensley, Cleveland, Tenn.
1991 Matthew O'Keefe, Wilmington, Del.
1992 Andrew M. Derr, Braddock Heights, Md.
1993 Tyler Kepner, Gwynedd Valley, Pa.
1994 Allan Owen, Klein, Tex.
1995 Lee Jenkins, La Jolla, Cal.
1996 Not Awarded
1997 Daniel J. Wolken, Hot Springs, Ark.
1998 Samuel Heide, Birmingham, Ala.
1999 Jeffery D. Lowe, Dallas, Texas
2000 Matthew J. Meenan, McLean, Virginia
2001 Robert C. Murray III, Brentwood, Tenn.
2002 Byron P. Dubow, Alphretta, Ga.
2003 Matthew McDavid, Bethesda, Md.
2004 Christopher Fielding, Atlanta, Ga.
2005 Not Awarded
2006 Not Awarded
2007 David Aaron Namm, Clearwater, Fla.
2008 Meghan Rose, Towson, Md.
2009 Eric Single, Marietta, Ga.
2010 Jack Kuhlenschmidt, Los Angeles, Calif. &
Jackson Martin, Atlanta,
2011 Matthew Citak, Riverdale, N.Y. &
2012 Adam Birnbaum, Weston, Fla.
Nathaniel Heagney, St. Louis,
Ben Weinrib, Charlotte, N.C.
2013 Thomas McGrath, New Haven, Ct.
Caroline Meisel, McLean, Va.