Friday, 21 June 2024

Astrup wins $10,000 scholarship

Gordon Astrup. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — The Lake County Sheriff’s Activities League announced that Gordon Astrup is the winner of one of only ten scholarships awarded annually by the Harmon and Sue Burns Scholarship Fund.

The Harmon and Sue Burns Scholarship is a $10,000 scholarship for eighth-grade participants of the Junior Giants program, a free baseball and softball program for youth, according to the fund’s website.

The website said the scholarship is based on leadership, character, academic potential and Junior Giants involvement. It is named in honor of the late Giants owners Harmon and Sue Burns.

Gordon, 13, is the son of Mahanga Astrup and the late Paul Astrup. He is a student entering the eighth grade at Mountain Vista Middle School in Kelseyville.

Gordon enjoys baseball, basketball and football. His favorite subjects are English and the language arts. He is considering a legal career.

As part of the scholarship requirements, Gordon must continue to make good grades, attend functions set up by the Giants Foundation and also perform a specified amount of volunteer hours each year.

When Gordon has graduated from high school and is enrolled in an institution of higher learning, he will be awarded the scholarship.

Gordon’s older brother, Adam, won the same scholarship two years ago.

The Kelseyville League of Junior Giants concluded its summer program on Aug. 3.

The Giants Foundation provides all equipment. Kelseyville Unified School District provides the fields.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Activities League recruits volunteers to manage the program and to coach the students.

Major funding for other aspects of the program are provided with grants and donations.

The Lake County Wine Alliance and Lake County Tribal Health have been generous supporters in recent years.

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