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By Ernie W. Webb III | Media Specialist
Washburn runs in the blood of Connor Crimmins, Topeka, Kan., who was awarded a Washburn Alumni Association scholarship this spring. Both of his parents, two grandparents and his uncle went to school at Washburn, so becoming an Ichabod seems natural.
“I’ve known about Washburn all of my life because I’ve gone to Washburn events with my dad,” said Crimmins, a Shawnee Heights High School sports standout who plans to play football and baseball at Washburn. “Getting this scholarship is a big deal and helps a lot. I know it means a lot to my parents.”
Crimmins, whose Heights team won a state baseball title in the spring, will play in the outfield and pitch for the baseball team and line up at wide receiver in football.
“I’ve been going to games with my dad for a long time, so I can remember when we weren’t very good in football,” he said. “(Washburn football coach Craig) Schurig has done a good job getting them turned around. I can’t wait to start.”
Crimmins’ father, Scott, received a bachelor of business administration in 1989, and his mother, Laurie (Fenoglio), a bachelor of education in 1987. His grandfather, Joe Crimmins, and grandmother, Sandy (Shaw) Crimmins, both graduated with a bachelor of business administration in 1959. Uncle Shawn Fenoglio received a bachelor of arts in communications in 1989.
Connor Crimmins’ scholarship was one of 51 totaling more than $28,000 given to incoming and current Washburn students. Forty-eight of those 51 are Washburn legacies. Twenty-four are high school students who will attend Washburn, 24 are current Washburn students and three are transfer students.
“We’re delighted so many legacy students were awarded scholarships,” said Alumni Association director Susie Hoffmann. “It’s great to see them carrying on the family tradition.”
The Alumni Fun Run and license plate program support the scholarship program.
Justin Blumreich, who has a bachelor of business administration, is a fifth-generation graduate.