Posted Thursday March 15, 2018
The Kamil Patel - Buffalo Rugby Scholarship
The Buffalo Rugby Club and the Patel family have established The Kamil Patel - Buffalo Rugby Scholarship which is dedicated to honoring the memory of Kamil Patel. The scholarship was created in the spring of 2018 to assist high school rugby players who plan to continue their education in college while playing rugby.
Renewable scholarships of up to $500 are offered each year for full-time study at an accredited institution of the student’s choice. Maximum value of the scholarship is $2000. Kamil was a multi-sport athlete in high school. He started playing rugby with his brother Dannish and friends on the Kenmore East community-based high school team. He went on to play at the University of Buffalo and with the Buffalo Rugby Men’s Club.
Although Kamil was a very good athlete and an exceptional rugby player, it was not those attributes which endeared him to his coaches, teammates, family and friends. Kamil was the exceptional individual who thrived on bringing people together. He always had a smile. He was inclusive, positive, supportive and eager for the next adventure. Kamil’s joy for life and his love for people made him an unforgettable person within our rugby community. His unbelievable ability to make those around him laugh and smile will never be forgotten. In
January 2018, a week before his 30th birthday, Kamil was shot and killed in a random act of violence in Miami Beach Florida.
Our hope is the memory of Kamil will be sustained in part by the awarding of this scholarship to students, who follow in his footsteps, loving rugby and taking advantage of the opportunity it provides to bring people together and help them grow.
Each spring, coaches of RugbyNY high school teams are invited to nominate a candidate from their team. The coach should make their nomination based primarily on the intangible personal attributes set out in the program description.
Upon receipt of the nomination from the coach, the Buffalo Rugby Club will contact the candidate to invite them to complete an application. A committee of RugbyNY members will review the applications and pick a scholarship winner, primarily on the basis of the coach’s nomination, then additionally, academic record, school and community activities, honors, work experience, the exceptional circumstances.
The winner(s), coach and team will be announced to all members of RugbyNY, Empire GU and the Buffalo Rugby Club.
We invite persons or organizations to support this scholarship in Kamil Patels memory by making a donation to the scholarship fund at https://buffalorugby.org/scholarship .
This scholarship program is administered by the Buffalo Rugby Club, a 501c3 nonprofit organization.
For more information visit https://buffalorugby.org/scholarship