September 01, 2015

Football Scholarship Recipient Hopes to Give Back

Chad R. Hoffman ’16 came to BU to play football. As the recipient of the Steph Pettit Scholarship, naturally he says his favorite thing about BU is being a part of the football team, especially during last fall’s unforgettable season. “I've gained so many friendships out of the program,” says Chad, “along with winning games every week!” 

The scholarship played a big part in Chad’s decision to attend BU. 

“It's a tremendous feeling knowing you play for this university. Playing for my friends, the fans and, most importantly, my family is a memory I will hold in my heart forever. These are the best years of my life, playing as a Husky.”  

But the communication studies major says another reason he likes BU is the accessibility of the faculty and the personal attention they give to each student.  

“The professors really get to know you at Bloomsburg,” says Chad. “It's awesome that my professors are willing to go the extra mile with students in order for us to achieve our goals.” 

He cites Instructor John Wardigo as a case in point. “Never in my academic career have I had a math professor teach in such a relaxed way for each and every student to understand,” says Chad. “He understood I wasn't great at math by any means, but he was always there to offer extra help, and still is even though he is not my professor anymore. He is definitely a professor I hope to have again in the future.” 

Chad still works at the recreation center on campus to help pay for personal expenses, but says the scholarship has helped tremendously. “I couldn't be more grateful! Not many people get the opportunity to be offered a scholarship to play football, so I am very honored.”   

He adds, “As an athlete especially it is tough to manage your time around school, sports and work. Scholarship funds are not only a great way to give back to the university, but also to help support an individual throughout their college career.”  

Post graduation plans for the first generation college student include finding a collegiate athletic director position and maybe a coaching job on the side. Chad adds that when he’s able, he plans to contribute to the scholarship fund in an effort to give back.  

“The help I have received is something I wish all kids could get,” says Chad. “I'm very humbled and fortunate to have received this help.”   
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