By Brad Spencer
Laura Brennan, a defenseman with the Fenwick girls hockey team and a senior at OPRF High School, recently received the 2012 Blackhawks Scholarship Award.
The Fenwick girls team unites players from several area high schools, including OPRF, Fenwick, Trinity, Nazareth and York. The team was incorporated into the Fenwick hockey program in 2011. The team went 24-10-5 this season and produced two All-State players in the Metro West Division.
“We strive to develop student-athletes, and believe our team to embody that goal. Laura is the quintessential student-athlete, and we are all proud that she has been so recognized,” said coach Cary Shinsako of Brennan.
Laura joins Blackhawk Award Alumni Brianne Mahoney (2011) and Bonita Bonfim (2010).
The scholarship, created by the Blackhawk Alumni Association, is awarded annually to three outstanding high school hockey players. The award is determined from a candidate’s level of community service, volunteerism, good citizenship as well as hockey talent.
Brennan, a member of the National Cum Laude Association, has been a Dean’s List member for four years and was a recipient of the Scholarship Cup, with the highest high school GPA after seven semesters. Her volunteer activities have included the Appalachia Service Project, (Ascension Parish, Oak Park) and The Ernest Hemingway Foundation. In the hockey off-season, Brennan was a member of her high school tennis team.
Blackhawks scholarship recipients receive $5,000 annually over four years for college. Laura, along with two other recipients from Illinois, will be honored at the Blackhawks Scholarship Awards Night at the United Center this spring.