Scholarship Recipients

Tenth annual Christopher Steele Baseball Scholarship awarded
April, 2017
Charlie Ling, outfielder for the Stevenson Patriots, was awarded the 2017 $1,000 Christopher Steele Baseball Scholarship. When announcing the award, Patriots coach Pat Block (who was a Stevenson High School baseball teammate of Chris) said. "Like his namesake, Charlie is one of our hardest workers. He took extreme pride in the offseason to get in shape and dedicated himself to all around life improvement. His work ethic had an impact not only for himself but others on the team as well. Like Chris, Charlie was a foundation for the younger players and his senior peers. As captain of our players, Charlie has taken the younger pitchers and position players under his wing, and showed them what it takes to be a winner. He is also the guy that I can count on to hold other players accountable, and make sure they are always focused. As a three year varsity player, Charlie went about his preparation regardless of the situation, he knew to take nothing for granted, and that everything in life needed to be earned. Charlie has always been a team first guy. 'Whatever helps the team win, coach.' was always his attitude. His hardworking, determined, genuine character will be deeply missed next year. I am proud to be able to call him one of my players and students; just like I was proud to be able to call Christopher Steele my friend."
Everyone at the Foundation congratulates Charlie and wishes him good luck as he continues his education at the University of Illinois (Champaign/Urbana) and in all of his future endeavors.
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Tenth "Tough As Steele" Hockey Scholarship is Awarded
March, 2017
Jason Spector, #15 on the varsity hockey team, was selected by the coaches as the recipient of the tenth annual "Tough as Steele" Hockey Scholarship at the Winter Sports Award night on March 13th at Stevenson High School, Lincolnshire, IL. The scholarship was established in Chris' memory to focus on one of his loves, hockey, and speaks to the character, determination and toughness he exhibited throughout his life. Varsity Hockey Coach Tom Wood said, "Jason was a center for the past couple of seasons on the Varsity. Jason actually started his senior season on the Junior Varsity Team. He took on a leadership role for the younger guys just as Chris did. After showing some improvement at the beginning of the season we had a final roster spot to fill out on the Varsity about quarter way through the season and Jason was selected to take that slot. Jason handled himself on and off the ice in a manner that any coach or parent would be proud of. Jason was asked to change his style of play to be a more gritty and defensive player. He was able to make that change and was a great part of our team's success this year."
We wish Jason continued success as he pursues his academic and athletic career at Augustana College, where he hopes to play hockey, and in all his future endeavors. Congratulations, Jason.
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Ninth annual Christopher Steele Baseball Scholarship awarded
May, 2016
Sean Carney, Assistant Superintendent for Business, and Treasurer of the Stevenson Foundation presents the Christopher Steele Baseball Scholarship to Christian Dutler.Christian Dutler, catcher for the Stevenson Patriots, was awarded the 2016 Christopher Steele Baseball Scholarship. When announcing the award, Patriots coach Pat Block (who was a SHS baseball teammate of Chris) said. "Like his namesake, Christian is one of our hardest workers. Every day in practice and in the off-season, he pushed himself to make himself a better baseball player, and held other players to the same standard. Like Chris, Christian was a foundation for the younger players. As captain of the infield and pitchers, Christian took the younger pitchers and position players under his wing, and showed them what it takes to be a winner. He is also the guy that I can count on to hold other players accountable, and make sure they are always focused. As a two-year varsity player, Christian went about his preparation regardless of the situation, he knew to take nothing for granted, and that everything in life needed to be earned. If Christian was playing well or not, he always carried himself the right way, and that was putting the team first. Christian has always been a team first guy. 'Whatever helps the team win, coach.' was always his attitude. His hardworking, determined, genuine character will be deeply missed next year. I am proud to be able to call him one of my players and students just like I was proud to be able to call Christopher Steele my friend."
Everyone at the Foundation congratulates Christian and wishes him good luck as he continues his education at Truman State University and in all of his future endeavors.
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Ninth "Tough As Steele" Hockey Scholarship is Awarded
March, 2016
Sean Carney, Assistant Superintendent for Business, and Treasurer of the Stevenson Foundation presents the Tough As Steele Hockey Scholarship to Daniel Dowd.Daniel Dowd, one of the co-captains of the varsity hockey team, was selected by the coaches as the recipient of the ninth annual "Tough As Steele" Hockey Scholarship. The announcement was made at the Winter Sports Award night on March 14th at Stevenson High School, Lincolnshire, IL. The scholarship was established in Chris' memory to focus on one of his loves, hockey, and speaks to the character, determination and toughness he exhibited throughout his life. Varsity Hockey Coach Jim Wood said, "Daniel is a 4 year varsity defensemen who has been a leader and mentor on and off the ice. He assisted the coaching staff in leading off ice weight training sessions and has fought thru a back injury the last two seasons. He is a physical player with a huge heart. His relationship with the younger players on the team was very much like that of Chris. His work ethic and his continued effort to improve his skills have been great examples for his teammates."
We wish Dan continued success as he pursues his academic career at Indiana University in the Fall and in all his future endeavors. Congratulations, Dan.
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Eighth Annual Christopher Steele Baseball Scholarship Awarded
May, 2015
Jimmy Marchese, a senior outfielder for the 2015 Stevenson Patriots, was awarded the 2015 Christopher Steele Baseball Scholarship. When announcing the award, Patriots coach Paul Mazzuca said. "Like his namesake, nobody practiced harder than Jimmy. His work ethic had an impact not only for himself but for others on the team as well. Like Chris, Jimmy was a foundation for the younger players. He had the difficult task of leading a young Patriot team but still found time to take the younger players under his wing and mentor them. He kept the team focused during games and especially at practice. As a thee-year varsity player, Jimmy went about his preparation regardless of the situation. If Jimmy was playing well or not, he always carried himself the right way, and that was putting the team first. He used the practices as opportunities to make himself a better player. Jimmy has led this team from the first practice and it is because of the type of person he is. All this work has paid off because Jimmy is doing a great job as a senior leader and his love of the game always shows." Everyone at the Foundation congratulates Jimmy and wishes him good luck as he continues his education at the University of Illinois and in all of his future endeavors.
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Eighth "Tough As Steele" Hockey Scholarship Awarded
March, 2015
Johnny Daul, captain of the JV hockey team, was selected by the coaches as the recipient of the eighth annual "Tough As Steele" Hockey Scholarship at the Winter Sports Award night on March 16th at Stevenson High School, Lincolnshire, IL. The scholarship was established in Chris' memory to focus on one of his loves, hockey, and speaks to the character, determination and toughness he exhibited throughout his life. Varsity Hockey Coach Jim Wood said, "Like Chris, Johnny is a senior who played on the JV this year. He has continually improved his skills and his interaction with his younger team mates both on and off the ice resulted in his being named captain of the JV Team. I can truthfully say that he plays for the love of the game and the pride of representing Stevenson. I am proud that he chose to stay with our program this year." We wish Johnny continued success as he pursues his academic career at Marquette University and in all his future endeavors. Congratulations, Johnny.
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Seventh annual Christopher Steele Baseball Scholarship is awarded
May, 2014
Alexander Perry, a pitcher on the Patriots varsity baseball team, was awarded the annual Christopher Steele Baseball Scholarship at the Local Scholarship Award night at Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, IL. When announcing the award, Patriots coach Paul Mazzuca said. “Like his namesake, nobody practiced harder than Alex. His work ethic had an impact not only for himself but for others on the team as well. Like Chris, Alex was a foundation for the younger players. He had the difficult task of leading a young Patriot team but still found time to take the younger players under his wing and mentor them. He kept the team focused during games and especially at practice. When Alex was not pitching, he always cheered on his teammates and the other players looked up to him for guidance. Alex always carried himself the right way whether he was pitching well or not and always put the team first. Alex was a great senior leader and his love of the game always shows.” Everyone at the Foundation congratulates Alex and wishes him good luck as he continues his education at DePaul University and in all of his future endeavors.
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Seventh Annual "Tough As Steele" Hockey Scholarship Awarded
March, 2014
Blake Johnson, who plays both offense and defense on the Varsity hockey team, was selected by the coaches as the recipient of the seventh annual “Tough As Steele” Hockey Scholarship at the Winter Sports Award night on March 17th at Stevenson High School, Lincolnshire, IL. The scholarship was established in Chris’ memory to focus on one of his loves, hockey, and speaks to the character, determination and toughness he exhibited throughout his life. Varsity Hockey Coach Jim Wood said, “Blake is a first time member of the Varsity team. He works extremely hard and has accepted every role the coaching staff has asked him to perform. He has a team first attitude and has been a leader on the ice and in the locker room.” We wish Blake continued success as he pursues his academic career at the University of Iowa and in all his future endeavors. Congratulations, Blake.
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Sixth Annual Christopher Steele Baseball Scholarship Awarded
May, 2013
Anthony Heiser, centerfielder on the Patriots varsity baseball team, was awarded the annual $500 Christopher Steele Baseball Scholarship at the Local Scholarship Award night at Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, IL. Tony played second base his junior year but moved to the centerfield this year when his talents were needed there. According to Varsity Coach Paul Mazzuca, "Like the namesake of this scholarship, nobody practiced harder than Tony. Like Chris, Tony was a foundation for the younger players, taking them under his wing. When Tony wasn't in the lineup, he always cheered on his teammates. Tony always puts the team first. He's doing a great job as a senior leader." Tony will attend Loras College in the fall. Congratulations, Tony, and good luck at Loras and in all of your future endeavors.
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Sixth Annual "Tough As Steele" Hockey Scholarship Awarded
March, 2013
Michael Goldfine, a goalie on the Stevenson Varsity hockey team, was selected by the coaches as the recipient of the sixth annual $500 "Tough As Steele" Hockey Scholarship at the Winter Sports Award night on March 11th at Stevenson High School, Lincolnshire, IL. The scholarship was established in Chris' memory to focus on one of his loves, hockey, and speaks to the character, determination and toughness he exhibited throughout his life. Varsity Hockey Coach Jim Wood said, "Mike is one of the hardest working student athletes I have ever met. He is also one of the most unselfish." Michael exhibits the same fearless determination and competitive spirit that drove Chris whether he's fighting his illness or facing an opponent in the net. We wish Michael continued success as he pursues his academic and hockey career at Arizona State University and in all his future endeavors. Congratulations, Michael.
May, 2013 Update:
Below is the transcript of the scholarship presentation to Michael at the Stevenson High School Local Scholarship Award Night on May 23.
This evening we are pleased to award two scholarships in honor of 2000 Stevenson graduate Chris Steele, who succumbed to cancer a few years ago. Chris was a most accomplished athlete and so his family and friends have established a foundation to honor his memory.
The first award this evening, the "Tough as Steele" Scholarship, focuses on Chris' love of hockey and is awarded to Michael Goldfine. He has been extremely involved with the Christopher Steele Foundation throughout high school, personally raising $7500 for the Steele Foundation and eventually being elected to the Board of Directors. Mike was instrumental in having the Christopher Steele Foundation be the beneficiary of our fundraising effort during Stevenson Spirit Fest.
Of his challenges, Mike writes, "I don't know why I have been led down this path but I am going to make the most of it by working hard every day and helping others along the way. We never know how long we have in life but we need to always have a positive attitude. I believe that a positive attitude helped me maintain my overall health throughout the difficult treatments I endured and provided me with an incentive to give back to the community." Michael, you have already inspired so many people; thank you for your tireless work to improve the lives of others. Presenting this award is one of Chris' close friends and President of the Christopher Steele Foundation Kevin Zakrzewski.
The name of this scholarship certainly speaks to Chris' character, determination and toughness he exhibited throughout his life. Michael will be heading west to Arizona State this fall, taking him with incredible insight, leadership skills and compassion for others. It is so fitting that Michael wins this scholarship, as he like Chris, is battling a life-threatening illness, leukemia, but he is certainly winning that battle with his grit and determination. [By the way, he has not missed one practice or game this entire season.] With the help of the Stevenson Hockey Board and the Athletic Department, especially the cheerleading team, Mike helped raise $18,000 to create a teen lounge at the new Lurie Children's Hospital, allowing other students a place to watch movies, work on homework or play computer games while receiving therapy.
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Fifth annual Christopher Steele Baseball Scholarship is awarded
May, 2012
Zachary Gordon, a starting pitcher on the Patriots varsity baseball team, was awarded the annual $500 Christopher Steele Baseball Scholarship at the Local Scholarship Award night at Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, IL. Zachary had the misfortune of hurting his shoulder his junior year which required season ending surgery. After a 10-month recovery he had hopes he could pitch again his senior year but unfortunately his recovery has been slow and he hasn't be able to return to the mound. Varsity Coach Paul Mazzuca said that this did not get Zach down and he's been a constant team leader in practice, mentoring the younger players and guiding them in the Patriot Way. He said that during games you can hear him cheering on his teammates. Zachary will attend the University of South Carolina in the fall. Congratulations, Zachary, and good luck at South Carolina and in all of your future endeavors.
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Fifth annual "Tough as Steele" Hockey Scholarship is awarded
March, 2012
Zachary Spieler, a forward on the Stevenson Varsity hockey team for 2 years, was recognized as the recipient of the fifth annual $500 "Tough As Steele" Hockey Scholarship at the Winter Sports Award night on March 12th at Stevenson High School, Lincolnshire, IL. The scholarship was established in Chris' memory to focus on one of his loves, hockey, and speaks to the character, determination and toughness he exhibited throughout his life. When presenting the award, Varsity Hockey Coach Jim Wood said, "Zach gives all that he has got in every practice and game." He also noted that Zach is like Chris in that he might not always be the fastest guy on the ice or always exhibit the best form. But as the third leading scorer on the team, especially within 3 feet of the opponent's net, he shows the same competitiveness and determination as Chris. As Coach Wood says, "The goals aren't always pretty but they are a great example of how hard work pays off." We wish Zach continued success as he pursues his academic career at the Ohio State University and in all his future endeavors. Congratulations, Zach.
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Fourth Annual Christopher Steele Baseball Scholarship is Awarded
May, 2011
Dylan Douglas, recipient of the 4th annual Christopher Steele Baseball Scholarship, and his parentsDylan Douglas was awarded the annual $500 Christopher Steele Baseball Scholarship at the Local Scholarship Award night at Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, IL. The scholarship was established in Chris' memory and recognizes his love of the game and the determination and toughness he exhibited during his four years as a Patriot ball player and throughout his life. Dylan will attend the University of Wisconsin (Madison) in the Fall. Congratulations, Dylan, and good luck at Wisconsin and in all of your future endeavors.
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Fourth "Tough as Steele" Hockey Scholarship is Awarded
March, 2011
Kevin Zakrzewski, President and Co-Founder, presents the 4th annual Tough as Steele Hockey Scholarship to Michael SchwartzMichael Schwartz, defenseman and Captain of the JV team, was recognized as the recipient of the fourth annual $500 "Tough As Steele" Hockey Scholarship at the Winter Sports Award night on March 14th at Stevenson High School, Lincolnshire, IL. The scholarship was established in Chris' memory to focus on one of his loves, hockey, and speaks to the character, determination and toughness he exhibited throughout his life. When announcing the award, Varsity Hockey Coach Jim Wood said, "Michael leads by example and like Chris, has been a mentor to the many freshmen and sophomores on the team. In addition to his duties on the ice and his studies, Michael also battles a medical condition on a daily basis. He is a great kid and is exactly the kind of student athlete that represents all that Chris stood for." We wish Michael continued success as he pursues his academic career at Western Michigan University where he will be studying biological sciences/pre-med and also hoping to play hockey and in all his future endeavors. Congratulations, Michael.
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Third Annual Christopher Steele Baseball Scholarship is Awarded
May, 2010
Kevin Zakrzewski, Director and Co-Founder, presents the third Christopher Steele Baseball Scholarship to Corey Lasky.Corey Lasky, outfielder on the Patriots varsity baseball team, was awarded the annual $500 Christopher Steele Baseball Scholarship at the Local Scholarship Award night at Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, IL. The scholarship was established in Chris' memory and recognizes his love of the game and the determination and toughness he exhibited during his four years as a Patriot ball player and throughout his life. In announcing the award, Varsity Baseball Coach, Paul Mazzuca, said, "Corey always pushed himself to become a better player and his work ethic had an impact not only for himself but others on the team as well. He was a foundation for the younger players and helped keep the team focused during games and especially at practice. Corey always went about his preparation regardless of how he was playing. Whether he was 4 for 4 or 0 for 4, he always carried himself the right way, and that was putting the team first. All his work has paid off because Corey is doing a great job as a senior leader and his love of the game always shows." Corey will attend St. Xavier University in the Fall. Congratulations, Corey, and good luck at St. Xavier and in all of your future endeavors.
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Third "Tough as Steele" Hockey Scholarship is Awarded
March, 2010
Kevin Zakrzewski, Director and Co-Founder, presents the third "Tough as Steele" Hockey Scholarship to Sean Hammond.Sean Hammond, a 3rd year varsity player, was recognized as the recipient of the second annual $500 "Tough As Steele" Hockey Scholarship at the Winter Sports Award night at Stevenson High School, Lincolnshire, IL. The scholarship was established in Chris' memory to focus on one of his loves, hockey, and speaks to the character, determination and toughness he exhibited throughout his life. When announcing the award, Varsity Hockey Coach Jim Wood said, "Sean is the definition of hard work. He excels at penalty killing and battles in the corners. He is fearless when it comes to blocking shots. Perhaps most importantly, like Chris, he puts the team first." We wish Sean continued success as he pursues his academic career at Illinois State University and in all his future endeavors. Congratulations, Sean.
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2009 Christopher Steele Baseball Scholarship
May, 2009
Jan Weissman, Foundation Treasurer (left) and Ian Weissman, Foundation President and Co-Founder (right) present the second Christopher Steele Baseball Scholarship to Alex Goldman.Alex Goldman, pitcher and outfielder, on the Patriots varsity baseball team, was awarded the annual $500 Christopher Steele Baseball Scholarship at the Local Scholarship Award night at Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, IL. The scholarship was established in Chris' memory and recognizes his love of the game and the determination and toughness he exhibited during his four years as a Patriot ball player and throughout his life. Varsity Baseball Coach, Paul Mazzuca, describes Alex as a great kid who loves baseball, will do whatever is asked of him and pushes himself to become a better player. His accomplishments show that valuable contributions can be made to the team through hard work and dedication. Alex will attend the University of Missouri in the fall. Congratulations, Alex, and good luck at Missouri and in all of your future endeavors.
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Second "Tough as Steele" Hockey Scholarship is Awarded
March, 2009
Jan Weissman, Foundation Treasurer (left) and Ian Weissman, Foundation President and Co-Founder (right) present the second "Tough As Steele" Hockey Scholarship to John DiTallo.John DiTallo, the Varsity Goaltender for 3 years, was recognized as the recipient of the second annual $500 "Tough As Steele" Hockey Scholarship at the Winter Sports Award night at Stevenson High School, Lincolnshire, IL. The scholarship was established in Chris' memory to focus on one of his loves, hockey, and speaks to the character, determination and toughness he exhibited throughout his life. When announcing the award, Varsity Hockey Coach Jim Wood said that John worked hard the entire year but more importantly, he constantly supported his teammates both on and off the ice and, like Chris, was a role model for the younger players. We wish John continued success as he pursues his academic career at Miami of Ohio University and in all his future endeavors. Congratulations, John.
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First Annual Christopher Steele Baseball Scholarship is Awarded
May, 2008
First Annual Christopher Steele Baseball Scholarship is AwardedJason Douglas, catcher on the Patriots varsity baseball team, was awarded the first annual $500 Christopher Steele Baseball Scholarship at the Local Scholarship Award night at Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, IL. The scholarship was established in Chris' memory and recognizes his love of the game and the determination and toughness he exhibited during his four years as a Patriot ball player and throughout his life. Varsity Baseball Coach, Paul Mazzuca, describes Jason as demonstrating incredible effort, just as Chris did, and said he always pushed himself to make himself a better player. Jason's strong work ethic had an impact not only for himself but others on the team. Like Chris, Jason was a foundation for the younger players, displaying great leadership both during games and at practice. Jason will attend Cornell College in Iowa and continue his athletic career on their baseball field. Congratulations, Jason.
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First Annual "Tough as Steele" Hockey Scholarship is Awarded
March, 2008
First Annual "Tough as Steele" Hockey Scholarship is AwardedRoss Dickson was recognized as the recipient of the first annual $500 "Tough As Steele" Hockey Scholarship at the Winter Sports Award night at Stevenson High School, Lincolnshire, IL. The scholarship was established in Chris' memory to focus on one of his loves, hockey, and speaks to the character, determination and toughness he exhibited throughout his life. In announcing the award, Varsity Hockey Coach Jim Wood described Ross as being a grinder all year, the player who got things done with little or no fanfare, just worked hard every time he was on the ice and, like Chris, made a difference for his team. Ross, a forward on the varsity hockey team, will attend Ohio State University in the fall and continue his athletic career on the soccer field. Congratulations, Ross.
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