USRF Announces 2018 Kevin Higgins College Scholarship Recipients

San Diego, CA (December 17, 2018) – The USRF has announced the recipients of the 2018 Kevin Higgins College Scholarships. The $1,000 scholarships, named in honor of one of the all-time great U.S. players, Kevin Higgins, (pictured), are awarded to graduating high school seniors who have gone on to continue their education and rugby at the collegiate level. This year’s recipients brings the total to 102 Higgins Scholarship winners since the program was established in 2008.

“It’s a historic year for the Kevin Higgins Scholarship Program as we pass the 100 mark for Higgins Scholarships awarded,” said U.S. Rugby Foundation President Brian Vizard. “And just like year’s past, this group of recipients continue to shine on the field, in the classroom and their communities. I’m sure Higgy would approve of this year’s deserving class of student athletes. We couldn’t have reached this milestone without the generous support of those in the rugby community, and on behalf of the U.S. Rugby Foundation, the Kevin Higgins Scholarship Committee and the Higgins family, thank you for your continued support.”The 2018 Kevin Higgins College Scholarship winners are:

Cassidy Bargell – Not only has rugby taught Cassidy Bargell about herself, but it has exposed her to many different cultures and people who share the same passion for the game. From Australia, Canada, and France, Bargell has traveled the world and made her mark on the rugby pitch. The 2018 Kevin Higgins College Scholarship recipient will now embark on her next great adventure at one of the most prestigious colleges in the world.…Read more about Cassidy Bargell.

Adrionna Duncan – In life and as in rugby, Adrionna Duncan has embraced the notion of never giving up and fighting for what she wants. Whether it is the opportunity to attend a four-year university or the privilege of continuing her rugby career at the next level, Duncan is thankful for the positive impact the sport has had on her life. Duncan was a four-year starter and impact player for the Columbia Central Lady Lions in Columbia, Tennessee. Adrionna’s high level character and rugby skillset has presented her with the opportunity to represent the Life University Running Eagles..…Read more about Adrionna Duncan.

Jacob Jenkins – “Rugby is more than just a sport. I think that it is a culture and can teach life lessons throughout your life,” said 2018 Kevin Higgins College Scholarship recipient, Jacob Jenkins. Jenkins credits rugby for teaching him the value of respect. Whether it is on the pitch, in the classroom, or in his community, he is able to apply the morals and values he has learned through rugby to everyday life. Jenkins, a four year-member of the Carlsbad High School Rugby Club, will continue his collegiate career at Cal Maritime.…Read more about Jacob Jenkins.

Autumn LoCicero – From competitive dancer to rugby player, Autumn LoCicero is not afraid to try new things and challenge the norm. She credits rugby to changing her life for the better and leading her toward a future in which she has always dreamed of. After only two years of rugby, the 2018 Kevin Higgins College Scholarship recipient is attending one of the most prestigious rugby programs in the country..…Read more about Autumn LoCicero.Braeden Looper – 2018 Kevin Higgin’s College Scholarship recipient, Braeden Looper, describes the game of rugby as a personal lifeline. The sport has taught him vital lessons that translate to his personal development both on and off the field. From embracing the rugby brotherhood, traveling the world and experiencing different cultures, and recognizing the impact of rugby’s global platform, he describes himself as a “student of the game.” Looper will continue his academic and athletic career at the University of Arizona.…Read more about Braeden Looper.

Ethan McVeigh – While Ethan McVeigh’s rugby journey initially began as a means to channel his high energy spirit in a positive manner, he would soon find it to be his calling. The scrumhalf has garnered multiple honors, including being named to multiple Eagle Impact Rugby Academy representative sides and dual selections as a U.S.A. Rugby High School All-American. He has completed multiple tours with EIRA and most recently traveled to France for the U18 European Championships with the U.S.A. Rugby High School All-American U18 side. McVeigh will take his talents across the pond to Cardiff Metropolitan University in Cardiff, Wales..…Read more about Ethan McVeigh.

Michael Nettleton – Michael Nettleton has witnessed his hard work and dedication guide him toward a collegiate career. The sport of rugby has challenged him to sharpen his independence and decision-making skills, ultimately developing him into becoming a well-known leader on the pitch and among his peers. Michael’s willingness to go the extra mile is what makes him stand out and worthy of being a 2018 Kevin Higgins College Scholarship recipient..…Read more about Michael Nettleton.

Julia Smith – From the moment Julia Smith discovered rugby, she was captivated by the elegant violence, but yet civilized nature of the sport. She quickly became passionate about rugby’s inclusive culture for women. With few girl’s teams in her area, Smith joined her local high school boys’ team and blazed a trail of her own. She found her personal passion and became an advocate for the sport, spearheading her own efforts to form a local girls’ team. The 2018 Kevin Higgins College Scholarship recipient is tackling the rugby world figuratively and literally, working to empower other females to join the sport.…Read more about Julia Smith.

Jack Tessier – “Rugby is more than a sport and, in many ways, is a lot like life,” said 2018 Kevin Higgins College Scholarship recipient Jack Tessier. In rugby, Jack has found a sense of fullness and most importantly, the best version of himself. He credits the rugby community to influencing a positive impact on his life and contributing to much of his success on and off the pitch. His commitment to academic and athletic success has led him to continue his rugby journey at the College of the Holy Cross..…Read more about Jack Tessier.Kobie Tuckson – After years of playing basketball, baseball, track and football, Kobie Tuckson had still never felt complete until the day he found rugby. For the 2018 Kevin Higgins College Scholarship recipient, the pitch is a place to call home. The former Bell Griffins captain and MVP will attend Kutztown University of Pennsylvania where he will pursue a degree in sports management and play for the Golden Bears..…Read more about Kobie Tuckson.

The U.S. Rugby Foundation would like to congratulate its 2018 recipients of the Kevin Higgins College Scholarships and thank all those who applied

Donate to the Higgins Fund – Become a member of the Higgy Hundred

As a means to keeping Kevin Higgins’ legacy alive, the Foundation has established “The Higgy Hundred” to both further honor Kevin and to nurture our country’s rugby future. Our goal is to endow the Fund so that at least 10 scholarships are given out annually.

You can join “The Higgy Hundred” by contributing just $100 to the Kevin Higgins College Scholarship Fund. A gift of at least $250 puts you in “Higgy’s Captain’s Club.”

By becoming a member of either The Higgy Hundred or Higgy’s Captain’s Club, you will receive a Higgy Hundred t-shirt. Higgy’s Captain’s Club members will also receive a Higgy Hundred visor. Please don’t delay. Act now and join Higgy’s team once again.