CHESAPEAKE CITY — For a third straight year at Bohemia Manor High, a pair of senior student-athletes have been awarded the school’s Daniel Schnatz Scholarship.
Mason Kist and Courtney Schrader were selected as this year’s male and female recipients during the Eagles’ Senior Night on Thursday. The scholarship, established in memory of former Bo Manor athletic director Daniel Schnatz, highlights athletes who exemplified the attributes he most appreciated.
“Dad believed that being a good and trustworthy person was so important in life. He also believed that sports could give you the opportunity to pursue a higher education along with teaching you about being a good teammate,” Schnatz’s daughter, Julene Stephan, said. “He always said being a good teammate helps you become a good person.”
The final 10 years of Schnatz’s career was spent at Bo Manor, where he oversaw the athletic department, taught classes and coached sports from 1998-2007. The scholarship fund was established by his family in his honor after he passed away in 2016 following a lengthy illness.
Each student receives $1,000, according to Stephan, a teacher at Perryville Middle School.
“There were a lot that knew him in the county and through our family, so they wanted to donate money, but we didn’t need the money and there wasn’t an organization we were heavily connected to, so we took the donations for a scholarship fund,” Stephan said. “Bo manor is a small community and so is Chesapeake City. Growing up there, we love the small town atmosphere and want to see [the scholarship] continue.”
A local golf tournament has taken place the last two years to help raise money for the scholarship. This year’s outing will take place at Back Creek Golf Course in Middletown, Del., on June 26.
All proceeds will go directly to the scholarship fund. Those interested in playing or contributing should Call Todd Harvey at 410-885-2472 for questions or information.
“Really, it’s about going out and raising money for this cause that we believe in,” Stephan said. “[My father] loved the community. He would appreciate the fact that the Bo Manor is coming to support the students. That’s what he loved.”