Friday, January 15, 2010


This year's recipients are Taylor Lawson of St. Mary's Berkeley and Erik Olson of Novato.

From the Olympic Club website:

The Ohleyer Scholarship is a prestigious scholarship awarded by The Olympic Club Foundation. The recipient is a student whose athletic and academic interests are matched by personal qualities of leadership, involvement and community service.

When an outstanding young Olympian lost his life in a traffic accident in 1996, the Olympic Club Foundation established a memorial award in his honor. The Brian Ohleyer Award was dedicated in 1997 to recognize bay area youngsters who demonstrate the ideals exemplified by Brian's life.

A two-letter athlete at Redwood High School, Football Captain and recipient of all-league honors, Brian also maintained a 4.0 grade point average and was Valedictorian in 1987. He was the recipient of a National Football Hall of Fame Foundation Scholarship Grant and the Scholar Athlete Award for Marin County. Brian played Rugby all 4 years at Brown University and upon returning to San Francisco worked frequently as a Rugby official for local leagues.

In selecting a recipient for the Ohleyer Award, The Olympic Club Foundation is looking for a young person who demonstrates outstanding leadership in academics, athletics and community service and whose accomplishments exemplify the highest ideals of sportsmanship, honor and caring. Past recipients of the Brian Ohleyer Award, include Jeffrey Deal, is a Galileo High School student, and a member of the Tenderloin Branch of the San Francisco Boys and Girls Club, Tony Dinh of Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep, Natalie Joffe of Marin Catholic High School and Sam Walsh of Serra High School.

Each recipient will have his or her name engraved on the permanent trophy displayed in The Olympic Club's Trophy room. The Olympic Club Foundation will make a $1,000 contribution to the school or organization in their name and will provide $4,000 in scholarship funds when they graduate from High School and enroll in a 4-year college. Furthermore, the recipient will be invited to submit an application for membership to the Olympic Club, with initiation fees and dues waived until he or she reaches the age of 25.

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