The fourth Amanda K. Strous Memorial Field Hockey Scholarship has been presented, and the recipient is Shippensburg University senior Sarah Womer.
On Friday, April 24, the field hockey team and coaching staff held a Zoom meeting that also featured former head coach Bertie Landes, Amanda’s mother Crystal Strous, and the three previous recipients of the Strous Memorial Field Hockey Scholarship. Womer was named as the honoree during the presentation.
As the recipient of the scholarship, Womer will have the privilege of wearing uniform No. 22 in her senior season with the Raiders. Womer joins Mikayla Cheney (2019), Ally Mooney (2018) and Brooke Sheibley (2017) as Strous Scholarship recipients.
“Over the course of her time here at Shippensburg, Sarah has worked diligently to advance her hockey skills, she has created lifelong relationships with her teammates and staff, and has represented our university with pride and class,” head coach Tara Zollinger said. “Sarah works extremely hard; she is selfless, and her team-first mentality has awarded her the privilege of being the next honoree of the Amanda K. Strous Memorial Scholarship. As a staff, we know Sarah will wear No. 22 with pride and honor this coming season.”
Womer answered the following questions about the honor:
What does it mean to you to wear #22 and receive the scholarship?
It is such an honor to be wearing No. 22 in the fall season because of the legacy and meaning behind the number. All of the players who have worn this jersey before me have had such a positive impact on this organization, which is what I strive to do. Only one person has the opportunity to wear this jersey each season, and I am so grateful to be that individual to continue this legacy.
What lessons have you gained from hearing and learning the legacy that Amanda Strous has here at Shippensburg University?
Over my past few years at Ship, I have heard many stories about Amanda and the passion and love she had for the game and program. Every day, she brought a smile on her face, which inspired others, and has inspired myself, as well. Her immense love for her team is something that really sticks out to me. Amanda always said, “I love my best friend Ship hockey,” and this stands true for me. I love every member of this team and plan to spread this love with No. 22 on my back.
How does this motivate you as you enter your final season at Shippensburg?
Since this will be my last season, I plan on working harder than I ever have before. Having No. 22 on my back along with me for this final journey is a huge motivation factor. Every time I put on my game jersey or practice shirt, I will be thinking of Amanda and everything she brought to the field. I am privileged and excited to represent Amanda and her wonderful legacy that will forever hold an impact on Ship hockey and my life, as well.