The Purpose of the Award:
To REMEMBER and honor the life of Ryan Fischer and all he stood for through his strong faith in God, his passion for his country, his unconditional love for all others and his zeal to live life to its fullest.
TO ENCOURAGE AND CHALLENGE ALL Grandville student athletes to live a life that represents the integrity, character and sportsmanship that Ryan displayed in all facets of his life.
To RECOGNIZE one Grandville Varsity Athlete (male or female) that displays characteristics that best reflects Ryan's life.
To ESTABLISH and promote a standard for all amateur athletes.
The award will be known as the "Ryan Fischer Bulldog Legacy Award" and will be a one-time college scholarship to the school of the recipient's choice. The value of the scholarship will be based on the assets available. The name of the recipient will also be placed on a permanent plaque in Grandville High School.
The award will be presented each spring at the Grandville High School Spring Sports Award Banquet.
Senior in High School with a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA
Accepted to an accredited college or university and enrolled by October 1st following his/her high school graduation - Scholarship made payable to university only
Must have lettered in one varsity sport in which the MHSAA sponsors a post season tournament.
Must be of high moral character, demonstrate a strong faith in God, a love for this country and be committed to community service.
Must also demonstrate outstanding sportsmanship, exceptional leadership, integrity and a positive attitude towards all individuals.
The goal of the Ryan Fischer Bulldog Legacy Scholarship committee is to establish an endowment fund capable of sustaining the scholarship for an indefinite period.
2022 Ryan Fischer Bulldog Legacy
Scholarship Award Recipient
We are proud to announce that the recipient of the 2022 Ryan Fischer BULLDOG Legacy Scholarship for Grandville High School is Ross VanBlois. Ross is a remarkable student-athlete and faith-driven individual. He plans to attend Miami University this fall.
As a standout lacrosse player, Ross earned four varsity letters, served two seasons as captain, and in 2021, led his team to its most successful season in program history while also setting new school records for most goals, assists, and points in one season. He also received two varsity letters in soccer and one in powerlifting. Beyond athletics, Ross is actively involved in his school community, including four years participation on the Executive Board, Vice President of the Senior Class and an Officer of the National Honor Society. He is a member of DECA, volunteered as a manager of the hockey team for two seasons, and participated as a DAWG Boy for the cheer team. Additionally, he is a dedicated member of his church community through the Student Leadership team, youth group, welcome committees, and mission trips. His devotion to his faith is an integral part of who he is, which shines through in his strong character qualities and service to others. Notably, Ross’s ability to make others feel seen, welcomed, and included is distinctly similar to traits Ryan exuded.
2021 Ryan Fischer Bulldog Legacy
Scholarship Award Recipient
We are very proud to announce the 2021 recipient of the Ryan Fischer Bulldog Legacy Scholarship, Dawson Kryska! Dawson plans to attend Hope College next fall to study Exercise Science.
Dawson earned a total of seven varsity letters in football, baseball, basketball, and powerlifting. He served as captain of the football team, as well as captain of his Flames baseball team, a faith-based travel baseball organization. Dawson is a two-year member of the National Honor Society and has been involved as a leader in local youth sports and inner-city baseball clinics. When asked what Ryan’s legacy means to him and what he believes his own legacy will be, Dawson responded: “What I took away from Ryan’s legacy was learning to be selfless, caring, involved, showing optimism, and being an overall leader to others… Everyone needs someone to either look up to or look to for ways of improving themselves. I believe God has empowered me to be that person for a lot of people.”
Dawson has been nominated and elected by his peers to several awards, including the “Top Dawg” award for the Grandville male senior class. He is also a proud uncle to four nieces and nephews. “On this earth, God has made each and every one of us our own unique person, with our own separate mission,” he writes. “Being myself, to me, means being selfless, loving, caring, and taking pride in leading by example. I want to be known for my consistency within, that no matter the people, no matter the place, I’m the same person everywhere I step foot.”
Dawson has been influenced by Ryan’s legacy since he was young, connected through stories in the community and through his brother, a classmate, teammate, and friend of Ryan. Forward-looking, Dawson believes the value of the Scholarship continues to be essential in the Grandville Community. He explains, “I think it is super important that current students continue to live out that ‘Live like Ryan’ legacy and strive to always ‘Be an 11.’ It sets a standard, establishes our own legacy here at Grandville, and ultimately shows the great importance of portraying GRIT through everything we do in our daily lives.”