2010 Sam Budnyk Scholarship Winner Announced

May 19, 2010


Ryan Barows, William T. Dwyer High School, earns Sam Budnyk Student-Athlete of the Year Scholarship


WEST PALM BEACH, FL The Sam Budnyk Scholarship Committee announced today that Ryan Barows of William T. Dwyer High School is the 2010 winner of the Sam Budnyk Scholar-Athlete of the Year scholarship. He will be honored at a dinner later this summer.          

Ryan competed against 31 other nominees and ten other finalists. Chair of the panel of judges, Dave McIntosh, said “Each year, the nominees, and especially our finalists, are representative of the very best of our community’s youth. Ryan’s recognition as the most deserving senior speaks volumes of his achievements. Ryan and his fellow nominees and finalists demonstrate the quality individuals whom Palm Beach County parents and schools produce. Our nation is in the great hands of our nominees and their peers throughout the nation.” 

Ryan is the 2010 Valedictorian of his class and has earned a 3.94 GPA. He received the AP Scholar with Distinction Award, the highest award given by the College Board, and has also attained membership in four National Honor Societies; National Honor Society, Science NHS, Math NHS and Journalism NHS. He has been a member of the William T. Dwyer Academy of Finance for four years, receiving the AOF Gold award every year. 

Outside of the classroom, Ryan is involved in various clubs and activities. He has been a member of the Future Business Leaders of America for three years and a member of the Dwyer Mu Alpha Theta Math Club for two years, tutoring fellow students in areas of mathematics ranging from algebra to calculus. This year, he participated in the Youth Leadership of Palm Beach County program, a selective program only available to 45 of the brightest students in Palm Beach County each year. 

On the athletic field, Ryan has been actively involved in multi sports from a young age.    He started playing in the local youth hockey league when he was eight years old. Upon entering middle school, Ryan began playing soccer as a goalie. He received  team MVP honors in his sophomore and junior years, and was named captain his junior year. He made the decision to run Cross Country and focus on track & field his senior year (a sport that he has actively participated in since the sixth grade), and was named captain of the team his junior and senior years.    

Ryan is very involved in the community, completing hundreds of hours of community service since his freshman year.  His most notable volunteer work includes his work with the TOPSoccer program. TOPSoccer is an interactive soccer experience that allows children with learning, emotional, behavioral and physical difficulties/disabilities to participate in the sports of soccer while in a safe and fun environment. He was a coach/counselor during which he worked one-on-one and as a group with special needs children.  

Ryan has set high goals for himself and hopes to become an engineer. He plans to attend the University of Florida to acquire his bachelor’s and master’s degrees. 

The Sam Budnyk Student-Athlete of the Year scholarship, established and first awarded in 2005, is presented annually to a graduating high school senior in a Palm Beach County public or private school, who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in academics, community service and athletics. An award of $5,000 the first year and a subsequent $5,000 is available for three consecutive years for a total of $20,000 upon maintaining certain grade levels, other criteria and subject to funds availability. 

The scholarship is administered and judged by a panel of diverse, competent and independent citizens, and is named in recognition and celebration of the commitment, values and success of Sam Budnyk, Athletic Director at Cardinal Newman High School for nearly fifty years, and head football coach for forty-three of those years. 

Funds for the award are generously donated by the Orange Bowl Foundation and by individual and business donors.  The Scholarship is administered by the Palm Beach County Sports Institute. 


About the Palm Beach County Sports Institute

The Palm Beach County Sports Institute is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that provides local youths the opportunity to learn sportsmanship, teamwork and citizenship through sports. The Sports Institute also promotes character development through sporting activities, lifelong physical fitness, a drug-free lifestyle and safe and fun access to healthy activities. 


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