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Shepherd University Foundation announces endowment of football scholarship

ISSUED: 11 October 2021
MEDIA CONTACT: Dana Costa

SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV — The Shepherd University Foundation announces the endowment of a scholarship supporting football players at Shepherd University. The Al and Sara Lueck Interior Offensive Line Football Scholarship is designated for student-athletes who hold the position of center, guard, or tackle on the Shepherd Rams football team.

Having initially created the Interior Offensive Line Football Scholarship in 2013 as an annually funded award, the Luecks chose to endow it in 2020 in order to support deserving student-athletes into perpetuity. The scholarship and the position hold a special place in Al Lueck’s heart because as a student at Shepherd, he was on the football team.

“I have an affinity for offensive linemen because I was one,” he explained. “Offensive linemen don’t get as much recognition and I thought this would be a good way to honor them.”

Al and Sara Lueck are known for their enthusiastic support of Shepherd’s football program. The couple has established three other scholarship awards designated for football student-athletes, including the Walter A. Barr and J. Michael Jacobs Endowed Football Scholarship, Shepherd Ram Common Man Endowed Football Scholarship, and the Monte Cater Silver Anniversary Endowed Football Scholarship. The couple also hold season tickets and can be found cheering on the Rams at every home game.

In addition to their support of Shepherd Athletics, the Luecks are members of the Joseph P. McMurran Society, a group of donors who have chosen to share their lifelong financial achievements with Shepherd University through estate and other planned gifts. Al Lueck is also a director emeritus on the Board of Directors for the Shepherd University Foundation.

To learn more about endowing a named fund through the Shepherd University Foundation or how to qualify for membership in the Joseph P. McMurran Society,  contact Monica Lingenfelter, executive vice president, Shepherd University Foundation, at 304-876-5397, or Sherri Janelle, executive director of development, at 304-876-5043, or visit the Foundation webpage.

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