BURNSVILLE, Minn. -- The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference has announced 32 recipients of the fifth annual Butch Raymond Scholarship, which included Anna Fobbe of the Bemidji State University soccer team and Brooke Phillips, a Beaver Softball player. In total, $240,000 in scholarships, sponsored by Sanford Health, will be divided among selected recipients for the 2018-19 academic year.
Fobbe, who will enter her senior season in 2018, was a key member of the BSU soccer team in 2017. As a junior, the St. Paul, Minn. goalkeeper made nine appearances with seven starts in goal. She finished the year 7-0-1 with three shutouts. She recorded a 0.39 goals against average and made 25 of 28 saves for a .893 save percentage. Fobbe teamed up with Cat Arneson to form a goalkeeping duo that ranked second in the NSIC in goals allowed (0.50), goals allowed average (0.48) and combined for 10 shutouts. At the conclusion of the season, Fobbe was selected as the league’s soccer recipient for the 2017 NSIC Elite 18 Award for academic excellence and was named to the Fall Academic All-NSIC Team.
Fobbe is majoring in exercise science and is completing her junior year with a 4.0 grade point average.
Playing in all 44 games with 41 starts, Phillips was second among her softball teammates with a .356 batting average. In 132 at bats, she registered 47 hits, which included nine doubles, a team-high two triples and two homeruns. In addition, she added 14 runs batted and was a perfect three-for-three in stolen base attempts. Anchoring the BSU infield from the shortstop position for the bulk of the season, Phillips recorded a .950 fielding percentage, collecting 73 put outs and was second on the team with 60 assists.
Phillips, who is also completing her junior year, is a biology major who carries a 3.52 GPA.
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 2018-19, 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).