Becca Rosko -
2016 Kevin Higgins College
Scholarship Grant Recipient
San Diego, CA (December 26, 2016) - For the first time since
1924, the sport of rugby was featured in the Summer Olympics, but 2016 Kevin
Higgins College Scholarship recipient Becca Jane Rosko has had the opportunity
to make history as a member of the inaugural Youth Olympic Rugby Team in
Nanjing, China in 2014. Rugby is much more than a sport to Becca, but rather a
stronghold and way of life. The pitch is her second home! “I am proud to say
rugby has taken me around the world to play at different levels of intensity
within. In my personal life, rugby has provided me with endless happiness,
whether it being through comparing gnarly bruises with teammates, or taking me
to a place I can clear my head to be calm and focused.”
She was a member of the
Summit Girls Rugby Club in Frisco, Colorado. With Summit, she was a two-time
first team Academic All-State selection, four-time captain and state champion, and
High School All-American selection in both 7’s and 15’s. Becca asserts dominance
on the field and has the honors to show for it. Her other honors included
traveling to Nanjing, China to play in the inaugural Youth Olympic Games, being
a part of the Atlantis Select Side Teams in 2014-2015, and playing for the
inaugural Tiger Rugby Club Women’s team in 2014 at the Cancun 7’s. To say Becca
has a long list of more historic and honorable achievements ahead would be an
She will achieve her
long-term goal of playing at the collegiate level for Dartmouth College this year.
Becca’s other rugby goals include making the Women’s National 7’s team, representing
the United States on an international level again, and to be named to the
Olympic team. In the meantime, she will work to achieve spots on the Junior
U20, Collegiate U23, and Senior All-American teams. After her playing career
concludes, she plans on giving back to the rugby community that has given her endless
opportunities, by becoming a coach.
Becca attended Summit
High School where she graduated with a 3.8 GPA and played varsity soccer and
basketball. Aside from athletics, she was involved with the French Honor
Society, the Interact Club (Junior Optimists), and served as Venture Crew 888
President. Becca volunteered with numerous philanthropic organizations,
including, animal shelters, community dinners, childcare, charity races, Usborne
Books, Summit Historic Society, and Christmas tree collections.
involvement and character is what allows her to connect with so many people of
different backgrounds and succeed in everything she does. She was recommended
by many to receive the Kevin Higgins College Scholarship, including Richie
Walker, U.S.A. Women’s 7’s Head Coach. “The most important thing that I have
noticed with Becca over the years is her positive attitude and willingness to
always help others. This attitude, combined with her intelligence on and off
the field, will serve her well in life as she is one of the best girls that I
have ever had the chance to teach and coach,” said Walker.
At Dartmouth College, Becca
will pursue a Bachelor’s degree in the medical field. She plans on attending
graduate school to receive a PhD and work as a pediatrician or physical
therapist. She has also taken interest in criminology and psychology and would
love to use her medical degree to help investigators and victims. In some way,
shape, or form she would love to incorporate her rugby background into her
career, saying, “Who knows? Maybe I will study blood patterns on and off the
a freshman, Becca has already made her mark on the Dartmouth Women’s Rugby
Program. “Becca made a huge impact straight out
of the gates at Dartmouth, scoring two electric breakaway tries in her first
collegiate match,” said Dartmouth Women’s Rugby Head Coach, Katie Dowty. "An All-American fullback in high school, Becca slotted in easily at 10 for us, leaving her own dynamic mark on the position. Her
ability to read the game and impressive turn of pace makes her a
constant threat with ball in hand and her ability to move the ball
allowed us to play an expansive style. Becca is absolutely fearless on
defense, making huge stand up tackles despite her size. Off the field, Becca has worked hard in the classroom, embracing the rigors of an Ivy League
education while balancing life as a collegiate Division I athlete. She is a dedicated young rugger with a contagious smile and
Congratulations Becca, on being named a 2016
Kevin Higgins College Scholarship recipient.
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