2016 Recipients of Bo Tkach Award

Bio and Selection Criteria:

Travis Bo Tkach was the pride of his community. A 2001 Northern Lehigh High School graduate, Bo was a two-time first team All-State football player and a two-time District 11 javelin champion. In 1999, he quarterbacked the first ever District 11 championship team at Northern Lehigh and played in the first Pennsylvania East-West All Star Game. Bo was named to the ESPN Academic High School Football All-American team in 2000-2001. In 2001, he was named Most Valuable Male Athlete of Northern Lehigh. He was also the school's representative for the Best of the Best.

Bos All Star athletic talents and academic achievements brought him admiration from friends, family, and his community. But, it is his compassion and his role as a Good Samaritan, willing to give up the last few dollars in his pocket so a homeless person could catch a ride on the city bus in order to stay warm during a cold blustery winter evening, that we honor most with this award.

Along the path of life, Bo learned how to inspire others on and off the field. He routinely offered tips to budding high school athletes who saw him as the picture of success. In gym class Bo would select the most challenged individual for his team and he would befriend those who were off the beaten path. Those random acts of kindness, coupled with intense competitive spirit, strength, and determination defined Bo to those who were privileged to share life with him.

The recipient of the Bo Tkach Under the Helmet and Hat Scholarship should have firm plans to attend a college, university, technical, or vocational institution. The candidate does not need to be athletically or academically talented but they do need to be extraordinary in other ways. The recipient should be well rounded, community minded, and have a sincere concern for others; someone who would defend those who could not defend themselves. This scholarship should reward the recipient for helping others while expecting nothing in return.

The award is selected by the entire faculty of each of the high schools.

 

Eight local students received the 2016 Bo Tkach Under the Helmet and Hat Scholarship on Wednesday during a dinner reception at Blue Shamrock Golf Club in Palmerton.

Each student received a $1,250 scholarship.

The award is selected by the entire faculty of each of the high schools.

Pictured are, back row from left, Jim Tkach, Bo Tkach Foundation founder; Jericho Burger, Palmerton Area High School; Wyatt Clements, Lehighton Area High School; and Jim Snell, Foundation board member.
Front row, from left, are Sandi Tkach, Bo Tkach Foundation founder; Casey Grover, Weatherly Area High School; Sam Stanko, Panther Valley Area High School; and Ansleigh Cressman, Carbon Career and Technical Institute. 
Also receiving scholarships but unable to attend Wednesday were Dylan Bucior, Jim Thorpe Area High School; and Quentin Bernhard, Northwestern Lehigh High School.
Northern Lehigh High School Principal Robert Vlasaty attended in place of Northern Lehigh recipient Gavin Kemery.
Pictured are, back row from left, Jim Tkach, Bo Tkach Foundation founder; Jericho Burger, Palmerton Area High School; Wyatt Clements, Lehighton Area High School; and Jim Snell, Foundation board member. Front row, from left, are Sandi Tkach, Bo Tkach Foundation founder; Casey Grover, Weatherly Area High School; Sam Stanko, Panther Valley Area High School; and Ansleigh Cressman, Carbon Career and Technical Institute. Also receiving scholarships but unable to attend Wednesday were Dylan Bucior, Jim Thorpe Area High School; and Quentin Bernhard, Northwestern Lehigh High School. Northern Lehigh High School Principal Robert Vlasaty attended in place of Northern Lehigh recipient Gavin Kemery.