By: John Nee '93
St. Rita senior goalie Trevor Scianna is 95% sure he will attend Villanova University in the fall. He’s one of the top students in St. Rita’s senior class, so admission to the prestigious Augustinian university wasn’t a problem. The cost, when you consider the travel and other expenses, though, may have been; but not anymore. Scianna last week was named one of three recipients of the Chicago Blackhawk Alumni Scholarship, which is worth $30,000 over his four years of college.
Any senior hockey player, who plays for his high school team, is eligible to apply for the scholarship. It is then rewarded to three current senior hockey players in the state of Illinois based upon the student’s dedication to his school, community, and the sport of hockey. Applicants were required to submit two essays about themselves, and they were required to supply three letters of recommendation from their respective schools. Scianna’s dedication to his studies while playing two varsity sports, acting as Drumline Captain for the St. Rita Band, and taking part in several service projects, including Habitat for Humanity and the Special Olympics, made him a more-than-deserving choice for this prestigious honor.
Scianna becomes the second St. Rita Mustang hockey player to win the prestigious award following in the footsteps of 1992 St. Rita grad and all-state goalie Mike Kelly, who coincidentally attended Villanova University as well.
All honorees will become lifetime honorary members of the Blackhawk Alumni Club. Also, on Friday, March 3, Scianna will be a guest of the Blackhawks for their game at the United Center against the New York Islanders. The scholarship recipients will get a pre-game tour of the Blackhawks dressing room, and they will spend the game in the Blackhawks suite with other dignitaries from the organization. Then on Monday, March 6 a ceremony will take place where Scianna and the other two recipients of the scholarship will be honored.