(May 15, 2020) Stephen Decatur High School senior Eric Gwin is one of 18 students in Maryland to receive a 2020 Minds in Motion Scholar-Athlete Scholarship.
The winners were chosen from 650 applicants. A male and a female recipient was selected from each of the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association’s nine districts.
“It’s pretty cool. It’s a big honor, especially seeing how many people applied for it,” Gwin said. “I applied for a lot of local [scholarships] and I just decided to give this one a shot.”
Each winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship courtesy of The Allstate Foundation, which has sponsored the annual program since its inception in 2008.
The award recognizes student-athletes who have excelled on the playing field and in the classroom.
Applicants must be seniors with a minimum 3.25 unweighted overall GPA and have participated in interscholastic athletic activities sponsored by MPSSAA during their high school careers.
Gwin, who is a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta (Math Honor Society), and the National Technical Honor Society, played soccer and lacrosse for Decatur.
“We’re so proud to have had the opportunity to coach Eric Gwin for the last four years,” Jamie Greenwood, coach of the Decatur varsity boys’ soccer team, said. “To see Eric’s growth as a soccer player, but more as a young man, has been tremendous. We wish Eric the absolute best as he continues to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the fall.”
Greenwood said Gwin was an asset to the soccer team. He was a quiet senior captain, who lead the team by example, Greenwood added.
“Not only was Eric a tremendously hard worker on the soccer field, he worked equally as hard in the classroom,” Greenwood said. “He worked hard every practice to improve and it showed in games. His superior knowledge of lacrosse helped him tremendously in soccer. They are so similar that I was really looking forward to seeing how his success on the soccer field in the fall this year translated to lacrosse this spring.”
This would have been Gwin’s fourth season playing lacrosse for Decatur. Unfortunately, all spring sports were canceled in Maryland and other states because of the coronavirus.
“It’s disappointing. I was looking forward to playing lacrosse my senior year,” Gwin said. “Lacrosse is my favorite sport. We were looking strong this year.”
Coach “Hoffy” Hoffman thought his Decatur varsity team was going to make a run this year, with the help of Gwin, his “best attackman.”
Hoffman said the scholarship is “well deserved.”
“He’s one of those kids you really like to be around. He’s just a good person on and off the field,” Hoffman said. “You never have to question his dedication or effort. I just wish we had him one more year.”
Gwin has committed to play lacrosse for Division III Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, New York.
“I’m excited to see what he does at the next level,” Hoffman said. “He’s going to hit the ground running at RPI.”
Gwin plans to major in civil engineering and minor in environmental engineering or architecture.
“I just want to thank all my teachers and especially my coaches that helped me,” he said.