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 area varsity hockey players to live a life that represents the integrity, character and sportsmanship that Ryan displayed in all facets of his life.
To RECOGNIZE one senior varsity hockey (boy or girl) player 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 Legacy Award" and will be a one-of-a-kind trophy and 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 permanent plaques in Grandville High School and the home ice arena for the Grandville High School ice hockey team.
Nominations for the award will be made by head varsity hockey coaches in the state of Michigan. The award will be presented each spring after the conclusion of the MHSAA playoffs at the
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 at least two varsity sports including hockey
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.
The goal of the Ryan Fischer Legacy Scholarship committee is to establish an endowment fund capable of sustaining the scholarship for an indefinite period.
2021 Ryan Fischer Legacy Scholarship Award Recipient
Okemos High School
2020 Ryan Fischer Legacy Scholarship Award Recipient
Forest Hills Eastern High School
2019 Ryan Fischer Legacy Scholarship Award Recipient
Caledonia High School
2018 Ryan Fischer Legacy Scholarship Award Recipient
Walled Lake Northern High School
2017 Ryan Fischer Legacy Scholarship Award Recipient
Walled Lake Northern High School
2016 Ryan Fischer Legacy Scholarship Award Recipient
Grandville High School
2015 Ryan Fischer Legacy Scholarship Award Recipient
Grand Haven High School
We are very proud to announce the 2021 winner of the Ryan Fischer Legacy Scholarship, Casen Faustyn of Okemos High School! Casen plans to study Engineering and continue his hockey career at Hope College next fall.
Casen is a two-sport athlete earning a total of six varsity letters in hockey and lacrosse. He served as captain of the hockey team his junior and senior seasons, earning All-Conference and 2nd Team All-State honors last year. He also received the Lansing State Journal Player of the Year award and the Positive Athlete of the Year Award in Michigan in 2020. Casen is a dedicated member of his community through various volunteer and employment opportunities. Last summer, he worked in the Counselor-in-Training program at Camp Geneva in Holland, MI. This experience gave him the opportunity to teach and spread the Word of God, an experience he says helped shape him into the man he is today.
When asked why he would like to win this particular scholarship in Ryan’s name, he wrote: “I believe that if I ever had the honor of meeting Ryan Fischer, we would connect instantly. God, Country, Family, Friends. These were the four most important values to Ryan, and if asked, I would say the same.” Casen was also a member of the National Honors Society and volunteered as a math tutor throughout his high school career. Congratulations Casen!