Scholarship names first recipients

October 16, 1992|By Sherry Joe | Sherry Joe,Staff Writer

Two Oakland Mills High School students are the first to be awarded scholarships by a man who says he just wants to give something back to the school his six children attended.

Bill Coughlan, of Columbia, established the $6,000 endowment for outstanding scholar-athletes last school year. His children, now 19 to 26 years old, played soccer, football and basketball at the school. Two daughters were state soccer champions, and his four sons were state and local football and basketball champs.

Oakland Mills graduates Kelly Sykes and Anne Fuller, the first recipients of the scholarships, each have received $300 and a wooden plaque. Mr. Sykes played varsity football and basketball, and participated in track and field. Ms. Fuller played soccer and ran indoor and outdoor track, Mr. Klock said.

Interest from the $6,000 endowment will fund the CKLASS scholarship, initials standing for Mr. Coughlan, Oakland Mills Athletic Director Ken Klock and Leadership, Achievement, Sports, and Scholarship.

"I wanted to facilitate the development of leadership," said Mr. Coughlan, CEO of the American Physical Therapy Association. "I want others to buy into it, so it'll be a network of leadership."

Mr. Coughlan said he was also inspired by Oakland Mills graduates Marcus Lewis, a football player at Delaware University, and Joe Lewis, now a Temple University graduate who plans to help coach basketball at Oakland Mills. "Kids learn a lot in terms of leadership skills," Mr. Coughlan said.

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