SHEPHERDSTOWN— In honor of 2021 Harlon Hill Award winner Tyson Bagent, the Shepherd University Foundation announced the establishment of the TB2 Harlon Hill Award for Excellence Scholarship to support Shepherd football players on and off the pitch.
The first of the scholarships will be available in fall 2022 for eligible student-athletes based on NCAA qualifications.
The 13 founding donors of the scholarship include Eric Lewis, Partner, Bear, Lawyer, Lewis & Company PLLC and Chairman of Shepherd’s Board of Governors; Scott Roach, former member, Shepherd Board of Governors; Chauncey Winbush, Shepherd’s vice president for athletics; Chris Janelle, Partner, Sutton & Janelle, PLLC; Dr Chris Hussion, veterinarian, Old Mill Veterinary Hospital; Jeff Petrucci, President, Heiston Industrial Supply; and Henry Kayes, chief operating officer and regional president of United Bank Inc. and a member of the Shepherd Board of Governors.
The other founding donors are Bill Baker, Senior Director, Recreation Vehicle Industry Association; Jay Mason, Member, Frederick County Maryland Board of Education and Shepherd Board of Governors; Aaron Weikle, CEO, Mountain State Software Solutions, LLC; Chip Whitlock, Patrick Pontiac Buick GMC; Tracy Zullo, Managing Director, Capital Wealth Investments; and Dr James Cherry, Scientific Program Director and Scientific Advisor, Office of Scientific Operations, Office of the Director of the National Cancer Institute, and member of the Shepherd Board of Governors.
The initial donation to fund the scholarship is $ 23,000. The founding donors cite Bagent’s shining example of leadership excellence as the reason they wanted to launch the scholarship on his behalf.
“We wanted to honor Tyson’s individual achievement by winning the inaugural Harlon Hill Award for Shepherd University, but also to honor his commitment to being a great teammate and leader,” said Lewis. “Tyson is an exceptional representative of Shepherd University, and he makes us all very proud. He is a shining example of the mantra “Shepherd’s Students Succeed” and he deserves to be honored in perpetuity with an annually funded scholarship that will do for a long time in the future what he has always done – advancing football in the world. ‘Shepherd University and help the program compete on the national level.
Bagent, the first in Shepherd’s history to win the Harlon Hill Award, led the Rams to a 13-2 season record and an appearance in the NCAA Division II national semifinal.
In the 2021 season, Bagent completed 391 of 579 passes for 5,000 yards and 53 touchdowns. He also led the NCAA Division II in passing yards, touchdowns and points responsible for (338). PSAC East’s offensive athlete of the week five times this season, Bagent has also thrown for 300 yards or more in 10 games and has had at least four passing touchdowns in nine games in 2021. He is the ninth player to play. all levels in the NCAA and only second in Division II with at least 5,000 passing yards and 50 touchdown passes in one season.
“This is truly a historic moment for our football program, our athletics department and our university,” said Winbush. “The support of these former students and local business leaders is a testament to the incredible support given to our football program.
“Tyson Bagent is a shining example of the leadership qualities we want all of our student-athletes to look for during their time in Shepherdstown.”
“By all accounts, Tyson Bagent is not only the best Division II football player, he is also one of the best teammates and leaders,” said Lewis. “By co-founding this scholarship, we hope that other Shepherd University alumni, fans and supporters will follow our example and consider joining us in an annual pledge to help fund it. Let us pay tribute to this exceptional student-athlete and help provide much-needed scholarships for a program that has greatly deserved our support.
To support this scholarship fund, people should visit https://shepherduniversityfoundation.org/donate/ to donate online. Be sure to select “other” under the designation and type in “Bagent scholarship” to ensure the donation is credited to the TB2 Harlon Hill Award for excellence. Checks, made payable to The Shepherd University Foundation, can be sent to PO Box 5000, Shepherdstown, WV 25443. “Bagent Scholarship” should be written on the memo line of the check.
– Staff reports