BURNSVILLE, Minn. -- The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference has announced 28 recipients of the fourth annual Butch Raymond Scholarship, which included Sierra Senske of the Bemidji State University women’s basketball team and Eric Wunrow, a Beaver Football player. A total of $240,000 in scholarships, sponsored by Sanford Health, is divided among selected recipients from each of the NSIC’s 16 member institutions.
Senske, who is entering her senior season in 2017-18, was a key member of the BSU women’s basketball team in 2016-17. As a junior, the Glyndon, Minn. native led the team’s rebounding effort pulling down 6.0 boards per game, while ranking second on the team averaging 12.0 points per game while playing in all 27 contests. She also paced the team with 21 blocked shots and was fourth with a .462 shooting percentage. Senske finished the season with placement on the 2016-17 Winter Academic All-NSIC Team.
Senske is the second member of the BSU women’s basketball program to be honored with the Butch Raymond Scholarship, following Aimee Pelzer, BSU’s 2016-17 recipient. Senske is a nursing major.
Wunrow played in 10 games at tight end for the BSU Football Team in 2016. He totaled seven receptions for 107 yards and scored one touchdown. In addition, he returned two kicks for 24 yards. Helped lead the Beavers to the 2016 Mineral Water Bowl title, as the Beavers defeated Washburn 36-23 for the first post-season victory in program history. At the conclusion of the season, the River Falls, Wis. native was named to the 2016 Fall Academic All-NSIC Team.
Wunrow is the first member of the BSU football program to be honored with the Butch Raymond Scholarship. He is carries a double major in nursing and psychology.
The scholarship is in recognition of Butch Raymond, the NSIC Commissioner from 2004 to 2014. For over a decade, Raymond led the NSIC from an eight-team league to a 16-team super conference. During his tenure, the league won 13 team national championships while achieving a high level of academic success.
"Congratulations to the student-athletes who have dedicated themselves to excellence in the classroom and in competition," said Sanford Health President and CEO Kelby Krabbenhoft. "Sanford Health is honored to invest in the next-generation of health care professionals through the Butch Raymond Scholarship. Butch's service to the NSIC always prioritized the student-athlete experience, and it's fitting his name be attached to this scholarship."
The scholarship is awarded to one or two student-athletes at each of the 16 NSIC institutions.
To be eligible for the scholarship, the recipient must be a senior academically in 2017-18, have a GPA of 3.20 or higher, be participating in intercollegiate athletics and plan to work in a health related field or attend graduate school in a health related field.
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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).