Team Ryan member Kane Greer received the first Ryan Hartman Memorial Scholarship to Southwestern Michigan College May 14 at Brandywine High School’s Honors Assembly.
The $400 scholarship is designated for BHS graduates entering the medical field or pursuing a teaching degree.
Elementary teaching is what the 2006 graduate was studying at SMC in December 2009 when he was diagnosed with a rare pediatric cancer.
Ryan passed away last winter at 26.
“He was a track and basketball athlete,” Track Coach Terry Borr said making the presentation as Ryan’s parents, Ray and Julie Hartman, looked on.
“Over the next four years, Ryan endured many challenges,” Borr said. “He was an inspiration to many with his positive attitude and willingness to do whatever was necessary to try to beat this invisible enemy. Hundreds of Team Ryan shirts and bracelets were bought by the Brandywine community in support of Ryan. Ryan wanted more than anything to live a long, full life but, unfortunately, on Feb. 4 of this year his battle ended.”
“Ryan’s motto was stay up, be strong, believe, always have hope and never give up,” Borr said. “Ryan’s family set up a scholarship so his name will go on into the future and a Brandywine student will receive some financial help.”
The Hartmans, of Niles, are an SMC family.
Julie and Ray met at SMC, which Ryan and two of his three brothers, Eric and Tyler, attended.
The SMC Foundation accepts contributions to existing scholarships in addition to establishing new scholarships.
Direct donations to: SMC Foundation, Director of Development, 58900 Cherry Grove Road, Dowagiac, MI 49047.
Contact Eileen Toney at (269) 782-1301 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.