The Bruce Hart Memorial Scholarship, a scholarship available through the Harford Community College Foundation, was presented to two student athletes at Harford Community College. Amanda Cliffe and Tyler Legge received their scholarship certificates at presentation ceremonies held at their last home games: women’s lacrosse on April 8 and men’s lacrosse on April 13. A $1,000 scholarship is awarded to a male and female student currently playing lacrosse for the Fighting Owls.

Women’s lacrosse player Amanda Cliffe is a freshman who stepped up to learn the position of goalie for times when the current goalie wouldn’t be playing, is “extremely dedicated, coachable, and mentally strong” according to her coach, Nikki Murphy. “She is our rock because she never lets on that the games play a mental toll on her.”

Men’s lacrosse player Tyler Legge is a very hard worker and contributed to the team’s success on the field. “He is a team-first individual and a model of what type of person we want in our program,” said coach Aaron Verardi. “He is a very hard worker and contributor to our success on the field.”

Both students will be returning to play their second year of lacrosse at HCC next year.

The Bruce Hart Memorial Scholarship was established by his family to help others reach their full potential through education and lacrosse. The scholarship honors the memory of Bruce Hart, a lifelong advocate and leader in Harford County. While teaching at Bel Air High School, he started the lacrosse program for Harford County Public Schools. An accomplished lacrosse coach, his teams won three Harford County lacrosse championships, two Baltimore County lacrosse championships, and one district/regional lacrosse championship. Bruce served 18 years in the Army National Guard and retired as Lieutenant Colonel Brevet when he was injured in an automobile accident in January 1984 that left him a quadriplegic. His injury did not stop him as he continued as head coach of Edgewood High School JV boys’ lacrosse and then moved on as defensive coach at Harford Community College.

Bruce believed in the game of lacrosse and the power of having student-athletes use the sport as a tool to learn and develop lifelong foundational character traits that lead to personal success and individual achievement.

The scholarship is awarded to one male and one female lacrosse player at Harford Community College in their second year who possess such distinguished qualities as reliability, preparedness, work ethic, passion and unselfishness both on and off the field. To be eligible for the award, a student must be enrolled full-time at HCC and maintain a 2.75+ GPA.