David Hicks Strike Out Cancer Game is Back!

The River Valley High School Softball team will stage a fundraiser for the David A. Hicks Scholarship for the Arts Fund on Thursday, April 26th at 4:30pm at the high school. The team will be taking proceeds from the admission at the gate, plus raffles and other items.

Come out to the game and support the fund and David’s family!

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2018 Scholarship Entries Are Now Being Accepted

From the Berrien Community Foundation:

Scholarship applications are available at the Berrien Community Foundation and this year brings four new scholarships to the table to help students.

The Rodney Weir Scholarship for Coloma Marching Band, The SW MI Human Trafficking Task Force Scholarship, Trefz Family Scholarship, and the Frederick S. Upton Foundation Opportunity Scholarship are the new scholarship programs that have been added to the stable of scholarships administered by the Berrien Community Foundation.

“Through the generosity of donors in our community, the BCF scholarship program just keeps growing.” Said Berrien Community Foundation President Lisa Cripps-Downey. “We are thrilled to add to the educational opportunities available to everyone in our community, from recent high school graduates, to adults who are returning to school. These four new scholarships will make a tremendous addition.”

The Berrien Community Foundation will award almost $150,000 in student scholarships this year. Scholarships come in all shapes and sizes supporting particular schools, careers, or areas of interest. For a full list of scholarships, visit the Berrien Community Foundation website at www.berriencommunity.org/scholarApplications are due March 5, 2018. This includes the David A. Hicks Scholarship for the Arts.

River Valley Softball Hosts Cancer Awareness Game Benefiting Scholarship

River Valley High School, the alma mater of the late David A. Hicks, is hosting Hartford at home on Friday, May 12th at 4:15pm, a game which will also serve as “Cancer Awareness” and a fundraiser for the David A. Hicks Scholarship for the Arts.

Fans and supporters are welcome to attend the game at the High School on Three Oaks Road and are encouraged to bring cash for donation to the cause and admission to the game.

For more information on the event, contact Varsity Softball Coach Dan Schaser, at dschaser@rivervalleyschools.org.

Michigan City News-Dispatch: Late MC native remembered with scholarship in Michigan

From the News-Dispatch, Sunday, March 5, 2017:

MICHIGAN CITY— A late teenager, born in Michigan City, will be remembered through a scholarship in his name for those interested in the performing arts.

The David A. Hicks Scholarship for the Arts at the Berrien Community Foundation was created by David’s family after his passing from a rare cancer, Ewing’s Sarcoma.

“This scholarship just made sense to us,” David’s brother, Zack East said in a press release. “David always thought about other people first. He never thought about himself. He was excited to think of being able to give this to someone else … And for us, it is like we get to send him to college.”

David was diagnosed at 13 and underwent an amputation below the knee of his right leg the day after Christmas. He began chemotherapy and after a year his cancer went into remission and David attended River Valley High School in Michigan, and participated in wrestling and drama. Less then three years after being diagnosed, David’s cancer returned with full force throughout his entire body. He passed on Feb. 10, at the age of 17.

He spent most of the last four years at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital where he was as much a caregiver for many of the children there as patients, always thinking they were worse off than himself.

According to a press release from the Berrien Community Foundation, David loved the performing arts, whether it be movies, TV, dramas and stage shows, theme parks, video games or other visual arts. David’s name is intended to live on through the scholarship to high school students in Berrien County that wish to major in a field related to the arts. The scholarship fund is managed by the Berrien Community Foundation in Berrien County, Michigan.

Students wishing to apply can typically expect the window for applications to open in February and close in March each school year.

For more information on the scholarship or to donate visit the Berrien Community Foundation at www.berriencounty.org. More information on the scholarship is also available at www.davidhicksscholarship.com.