Jimmy Starr Memorial Scholarship

Each year coaches and alumni of the 1979 Carnegie Mellon University football team award the accomplishments of an outstanding student-athlete with the presentation of the Jimmy Starr Memorial Scholarship.  The scholarship is awarded annually to a football player who best exemplifies the qualities and character of Jimmy Starr.

There was a special aura about Jimmy that touched the people he touched. It was apparent through his years as a star quarterback for Peabody High School (PA). He led the Highlanders to victory after victory, winning the city football championship during the 1975-76 season. He was an All-City quarterback.

And it carried over to his years at Carnegie Mellon University, where he volunteered to play tight end after he learned someone else had been given the quarterback slot he had coveted.

He practiced hard to learn blocking. It was grueling, but he rolled with the punches, determined to be the best tight end. His grades suffered awhile but he came out of the slump and was headed for a bright future as a metallurgical engineer. Allegheny Ludlum had picked him as a choice prospective employee.

His team members had great respect for No. 84. More than that, they loved Jimmy Starr.

Starr was an inspiration. He would encourage them individually, pull them together as a team when things seemed bleak. He was a friend and a confidant.

Jimmy was killed in an automobile accident on June 14, 1979 prior to the start of his senior year. His teammates believed his fighting spirit on the field and in the classroom set an example they wanted to preserve. That spirit prevails through the Jimmy Starr Scholarship Fund established by the coaches and players from the 1979 Tartans.

The Scholarship perpetuates the memory of Jimmy Starr, a truly special individual.

YEAR RECIPIENT   YEAR RECIPIENT
2017-18 Stanley Bikulege   1998-99 Gregory Hauswirth
2016-17 Jacob Bartel   1997-98 Ricardo M. Parrish, Jr.
2015-16 Nico Comsa   1996-97 Nathaniel Morgan
2014-15 Shae Sealey   1995-96 Thomas Bender
2013-14 Alexander Copeland   1994-95 Paul Volchko
2012-13 Sam Thompson   1993-94 Brian Horton
2011-12 Dan Miller   1992-93 Jason Lange
2010-11 David O’Connor   1991-92 Douglas Stauffer
2009-10 Stanley Onyimba   1990-91 Craig Caputo
2008-09 Jonathan Scholl   1989-90 Dean Garofola
2007-08 Colby Whitman   1988-89 Rob Arthur
2006-07 Nathaniel Scarmazzi   1987-88 Chris Claflin
2005-06 Bryan LeBuda   1986-87 Mike Behling and Mike Minjock
2004-05 Adam Lovrovich   1985-86 Dave Richards
2003-04 Ricardo Clarke   1984-85 Roger Roble
2002-03 Scott Jubeck   1983-84 Joe Nardone
2001-02 Jacob Nichols   1982-83 Lee Ferketic
2000-01 Scott Pisula   1981-82 Mark Rubal
1999-00 Todd Shamitko   1980-81 Alvin "Chip" Miller