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PROVIDED PHOTO Billie Jo Bollinger, a member of the LHU field hockey team, is pictured during a game.

LOCK HAVEN — Billie Jo Bollinger of Manheim is the recipient of the Lock Haven University (LHU) Pat Rudy Field Hockey Scholarship for the 2021-22 school year.

Bollinger is preparing to become a fifth-year senior this fall. She is a double major, pursuing degrees in LHU’s Pre-Physician Assistant and Psychology programs with a minor in Biology.

While Bollinger excels in the classroom, with a 3.4 GPA, she is also a rock star member of the student body outside of the classroom. In addition to being a forward on the field hockey team, she’s also a member of the track team, and next year she’ll be adding cross country to her LHU track and field resume.

Throughout her college career, she also spent four years as a member of the Health Science Club and the Student Athlete-Advisory Council, and participated in other campus organizations such as the Red Cross Club, Haven Cupboard, the Social Justice Task Force and the Student Auxiliary Services Commission.

Originally drawn to The Haven by the strength of its undergraduate and graduate physician assistant programs, as well as the opportunity to play Division I field hockey and Division II athletics, Bollinger also grew to love the adventures she has had in the natural terrain surrounding the Lock Haven area.

“The most amazing thing about being an LHU student, for me, is having so many adventures with my friends and teammates because of the surrounding area,” said Bollinger. “I love the hiking, biking, fishing expeditions and general exploration I have done on these mountains. A close second would be the extremely helpful and understanding teachers and coaches I have had here, helping to bring an added joy to my Haven experience.

The Pat Rudy Scholarship was established in 2017 by legendary alumnus and head field hockey coach, Pat Rudy ’77. Being the recipient of the scholarship greatly reduced the burden of college expenses for Bollinger, while helping her prioritize assignments over the need to work to offset the cost of completing her degree.

“Without this scholarship, I would have to spend more time working to pay for my studies”, said Bollinger. “Instead, this scholarship helps make me a more well-rounded person by allowing me to immerse myself in campus life by participating in such a wide range of clubs and organizations.”

“Applying for scholarships is extremely important and definitely worth the time” she added. “There have been times when I wondered if it was worth it or if I was even worthy enough to receive a scholarship. But investing only a few hours to apply and then receiving such a significant financial boost is a incredible blessing.

Not only does Bollinger feel blessed to receive a scholarship from LHU, but she is also incredibly honored to have the scholarship she received named after her legendary coach.

Both Bollinger and Rudy attended the same high school – Manheim Central – and each also won the school’s Female Athlete of the Year award. Rudy won the award in 1973; Bollinger in 2018.

“I am forever grateful and honored to have learned so much from Coach Rudy and to be the recipient of his scholarship,” said Bollinger. “One of my greatest moments at LHU will always be that I was one of the players on the court at Davidson who helped the coach to his 600th career victory. This accomplishment is quite an achievement and shows how successful Coach Rudy is and proves how important she is to Lock Haven field hockey.

Going forward, Bollinger’s initial goal is to become a trauma PA in a Level I or Level II hospital. She then aims to transition to a career in neurosurgery.

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