By Ryan Yousefi
This past week Ryan Schroy — a student-athlete who attends Marjory Stoneman Douglas — was awarded a scholarship by the NFL Players Association of South Florida, a chapter of the NFLPA that has made it their mission to support schools in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties.
According to Schroy, the scholarship will be going towards his studies at FSU.
“I’ll be working on a degree in Biological Sciences to provide the foundation I’ll need for graduate school to become a Physical Therapist.”
Schroy was chosen as the winner after completing an essay that detailed conquering his challenges. He received the award after a lengthy process where applicants incorporated everything from academic achievement, career goals, a coach’s nomination, leadership and character, and how each utilized athletic competition to aid their personal growth.
“It was an honor to receive this award,” he said. “The scholarship will apply to my studies at Florida State University,”
Schroy’s story of perseverance and strength not only set him apart from other applicants but, in the end, shaped the direction he plans to take as he begins his post-high school journey from Florida State University to graduate school.
“My story focuses on losing my entire junior year to an injury that required surgery, and my growth in coming back to lead the team in defensive tackles and to be named co-defensive player of the year during my senior year,” said Schroy, who added that it was his time physical therapy, rehabilitating his shoulder that led to his future career plans, as well.
Schroy — a lifelong Philadelphia Eagles fan who says Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey is his favorite player — said he plans on concentrating on his education while at Florida State while mixing in some of the many club sports opportunities the school offers.
Most importantly, Schroy is humbled by the honor he received and made it a point to take a moment to thank his coach, Quentin Short, for both his support and a letter of recommendation his sent that led to the award.
Last but not least, Schroy gave thanks to Marjory Stoneman Douglas as a whole for preparing him for what’s to come.
“I’d like to thank the MSD faculty, my teachers, and the entire football staff – they work tirelessly for us all day every day.”
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- Ryan Yousefi has lived in Coral Springs for over 30 years. He has worked as a writer for multiples outlets over the years, including the Miami New Times where he has covered sports and culture since 2013. He holds a Bachelor's Degree and a Master's Degree in Business Healthcare Management from Western Governors University.
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