As a fan and great supporter of Bearcat Athletics, the late Frank “Chip” Strong Jr. ’73 loved watching the men’s basketball team in action and enjoyed the many successes the team had during the past several years. But even more important to Strong than how many conference championships or Elite Eight appearances the Bearcats had was how many young men walked across the stage at graduation. Strong’s main concern was that once student-athletes completed their eligibility, they stay in school and earn a degree.
Strong’s family and friends have taken action to help this vision become a reality for former student-athletes when it otherwise may not be an option. Upon Strong’s death in October 2006, his daughter, Allison Strong ’01, ’03, and long-time friend and business partner, Dr. John Baker, established the Chip Strong Memorial Scholarship to assist men’s basketball players who have not yet completed their degrees but have used all of their athletic eligibility. Many of Strong’s family members and friends contributed to the fund to establish an endowment that will allow for up to $1,000 per year to be awarded.
Please join us to remember Chip by celebrating his love of life, golf, the Bearcats, and good times with even better friends! For more information, please visit their Facebook page.