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Jared Mintz '11 Receives Victory Scholarship

July 25, 2013

EASTON, Pa. Jared Mintz, a 2011 Lafayette graduate, has been awarded the Victory Scholarship from the Sports Changes Lives Foundation and will study and play basketball at the University of Ulster in Jordanstown, Northern Ireland during the 2013-14 academic year.

The Foundation allows student-athletes to continue their athletic and academic careers by both playing on a collegiate team and studying in a graduate program at an Irish or Northern Irish university. A key focus of Mintz’s contributions will be working with youth, particular those that suffer disadvantage, in community programs designed to raise aspirations.

Mintz finished his career with 1,245 points and 516 rebounds, and remains in the Patriot League top 10 in career field-goal percentage. He averaged 10.2 points per game during his four-year career, and was one of the Patriot League’s most dangerous post players while helping his squad to back-to-back appearances in the League title game as a junior and senior, earning first-team All-Patriot League honors in the process. Mintz earned a Biology degree from Lafayette and qualified for the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll as a senior.

“This has been a terrific cultural, athletic, and academic experience for our former Lafayette student-athletes,” Lafayette head coach Fran O’Hanlon said. “It is a wonderful opportunity and I expect Jared to contribute great things to this legacy.”

The Patriot League entered into a partnership with the Sports Changes Lives Foundation in December of 2009 to facilitate opportunities for student-athletes to secure a Graduate Development International Scholarship. The partnership enables graduates from Patriot League institutions to apply for graduate school sport scholarships in a University in Ireland.

The Victory Scholarship Program assists deserving American students in obtaining a scholarship package to study at Masters level in Ireland. While studying they also continue playing their sport at all levels, work in the wider community with young people gaining valuable life experiences that will help them develop on a personal and professional level.

Six former Patriot League student-athletes have participated in the program. Lafayette's Matt Betley (2008-09), Paul Cummins (2009-10) and Jim Mower (2012-2013) and Bucknell’s Darryl Shazier (2011-12) competed in men’s basketball, Lafayette’s Sarah McGorry (2012-2013) continued her women’s basketball career and Bucknell's Ryan Sappington (2012-2013) played men’s soccer.

Sports Changes Life offers American companies, academic and sporting organizations and individuals a unique opportunity to get involved in a Graduate Development International Scholarship package. They assist in getting the very best students a scholarship package to study at masters' level in Irish universities. Companies and individuals are invited to invest in these scholarships. These graduates will be the future leaders of companies throughout the United States and will have gained valuable international life experiences which will give them a globalised perspective crucial for transatlantic business development. The Sports Changes Life Foundation is a not-for-profit organization.

The Patriot League continually demonstrates that student-athletes can excel at both academics and athletics without sacrificing its high standards. The Patriot League's athletic success is achieved while its member institutions remain committed to its founding principle of admitting and graduating student-athletes that are academically representative of their class. Participation in athletics at Patriot League institutions is viewed as an important component of a well-rounded education.