Friday, May 18, 2012

Connor Choate Named First Recipient of the Box Memorial Scholarship

Connor Choate is first recipient of the Austin Box Memorial Scholarship: Connor Choate grew up in Enid idolizing Austin Box. This week, Choate became the first recipient of the Austin Box Memorial Scholarship. “I really looked up to him, like every other kid around here did,” said Choate, a senior at Enid High School who will attend the University of Oklahoma in the fall. “In Enid, he was absolutely iconic.” Box, who was Oklahoma’s starting middle linebacker, passed away last May after ingesting a lethal combination of prescription drugs. Earlier this year, the Box family established the Austin Box “12” Foundation. The first move the foundation made was to annually award a one-time $3,000 college scholarship to an outgoing senior at Enid, Box’s high school alma mater.  “We were looking for somebody that exemplified Austin’s best characteristics and embodied who he was,” said Box’s older sister, Whitney, an OU graduate who works in Enid's city planning department. “Connor was the perfect candidate.” (More at ESPN.com)
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