LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The Garrett Uekman Foundation has awarded its first scholarship to Arkansas football student-athlete Luke Charpentier, the Foundation and Razorback Athletics announced Monday. The Garrett Uekman Memorial Endowed Athletic Scholarship honors the memory of former Razorback football student-athlete Garrett Uekman.
The announcement was made at a ceremony in Garrett’s hometown of Little Rock on Monday. Charpentier joined Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long, Garrett’s parents, Danny and Michelle, his sister Meagan and members of the Uekman Foundation Board.
“We are grateful to the Uekman family and the Garrett Uekman Foundation for establishing this endowed scholarship to benefit Razorback student-athletes,” Long said. “When the Foundation first made the pledge almost two years ago, they had some concern that they may not be able to fully fund the scholarship in the five year timeline established. However, thanks to their hard work and the generosity of many throughout Arkansas and around the nation, we are proud to be presenting the inaugural scholarship this year to Garrett’s close friend and roommate Luke Charpentier. Luke is an outstanding young man and a most deserving selection of this special scholarship carrying on the legacy of Garrett Uekman.”
Charpentier (pronounced sharp-en-tee-AY) is a fifth-year offensive lineman and has started two games of the 2014 season at left guard. The Cut Off, Louisiana native has played in 27 games during his Razorback career and has helped pave the way for the 2nd-best rushing offense in the nation (362.0 rushing yards per game).
“Garrett was somebody very close to me,” said Charpentier. “We came to Arkansas together in the same recruiting class and he was like a brother that I never had. I’m honored that I’m receiving this scholarship. It means the world to me.”
Uekman unexpectedly passed away in November 2011. At the time of his death, Uekman was a 19-year-old sophomore majoring in applied exercise science. He was a redshirt freshman tight end on the Razorback football team and played in nine games during the 2011 season.
The Garrett Uekman Foundation was founded to help fund heart disease research and education and fund scholarships to deserving student-athletes.
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