The friends of Highland Park alumnus Fred Vehon, HPHS Class of 1985, have created the Biggest Heart Scholarship in his memory to commend a graduating senior football player who, like Fred, is a role model for his entire team. Fred surrounded himself with a large network of loving, lifelong friends, many of whom were his former teammates at Highland Park. This scholarship is awarded annually to a graduating senior football player who exhibits stalwart commitment to the team and his fellow athletes above individual accomplishment. This is not a scholarship for the star of the team, but instead acclaims the person who has the greatest positive influence on the entire team and most inspires the will to win.
DANIEL PATRICK GOUSKOS
Dear Highland Park High School Class of 1985,
I am writing to express my sincere appreciation to you for making the Fred Vehon Biggest Heart Scholarship possible. I was honored to learn of my selection for this generous scholarship award.
Although I did not know Fred Vehon personally, I read an article that described him as “one of those unforgettable teammates who personified loyalty, dedication and a big heart”. It speaks volumes that you…his friends, teammates, and classmates…are honoring and preserving Fred Vehon’s legacy with this scholarship. He clearly impacted many lives, and with this scholarship, you have greatly impacted my life.
I am attending the University of Arkansas Walton School of Business in the Fall. This scholarship will greatly help me with my education expenses. I will make the most of this scholarship and strive to the be the kind of person who Fred Vehon would be proud. I look forward to the time when I will be able to help other students achieve their goals just as you have helped me.
Thank you to the Class of 1985!
June 1, 2015
To the Class of ‘85
The first time I met Mr. Vehon was when I accidentally woke him up from the loudest nap I have ever witnessed. Literally the loudest snoring I’ve ever heard. He woke up with a big smile on his face and greeted me with tons of enthusiasm and friendliness, and I had never even met him before. From this short experience with Mr. Vehon, I could tell how much love filled his big heart.
Looking back at my few experiences with Mr. Vehon, I am filled with a great sense of honor to be the first recipient of this great award and cannot express my gratitude towards whose who helped create this scholarship.
MICHAEL CLARKE AND JACKSON DUGGAR
Dear HPHS Class of 1985,
Thank you so much for the generous scholarship of $5,000 in honor of the great Scot Fred Vehon. It is truly an honor and privilege to be recognized as one of the two recipients of the Fred Vehon Biggest Heart Scholarship. The reason I applied for this particular scholarship is because I believed that I possess some of the same colors as Fred Vehon. I believe that commitment to the team is one of the most important things for a team to be successful. Everyone, and I mean everyone, no matter what their role is, has to have a team first mentality. I believe Fred Vehon, a Scot that I and many others look up to, is someone who is a great role model for generations to come. To be awarded this scholarship means so much to me and my family. I can't describe the gratitude I feel towards you, the class of '85, for acknowledging me as one of the recipients for such a meaningful scholarship that honors the great Scot, Fred Vehon.
Dear HPHS Class of 1985,
Thank you so much for awarding me the Fred Vehon Biggest Heart Scholarship! It is truly an honor to receive this award in memory of Mr. Vehon. This money will most definitely help me in my studies at Clemson University and is greatly appreciated.