FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Senior tight end Alex Voelzke has been recognized as the 2015 Garrett Uekman Memorial Endowed Scholarship recipient it was announced by the Garrett Uekman Foundation and Razorback Athletics on Monday. The Garrett Uekman Memorial Endowed Athletic Scholarship honors the memory of former Razorback football student-athlete Garrett Uekman.
All Razorback student-athletes are eligible for the award with preference given to football student-athletes, tight ends and current or former walk-ons. Voelzke began his career as a walk-on before being awarded a scholarship in the Fall 2013.
“We were overjoyed to select Alex as the recipient of the scholarship this year,” Danny and Michelle Uekman, Garrett’s parents, said. “He is a tight end teammate who played with Garrett and has graciously volunteered his time each summer to help with the Foundation’s 7-on-7 tournament. He is very special to us and we love him like he’s our own!”
Voelzke (pronounced VOHL-skee) is a fifth-year senior and has played 35 games in his career. He has been an essential part of the Razorback special teams, playing on every unit last year and tallying three tackles on kickoff coverage. He caught two passes for 28 yards and a touchdown as a redshirt freshman in 2012.
“I am honored to receive the Garrett Uekman Memorial Scholarship,” Voelzke said. “Garrett set the example for players like myself that ‘Impossible is Nothing.’”
“I’m pleased to see Alex recognized with such a special award named in memory of his friend and former teammate,” Arkansas head football coach Bret Bielema said. “Alex is a tremendous representative of our program and of the University of Arkansas.”
The Garrett Uekman Memorial Endowed Athletic Scholarship was first awarded in 2014 to former Razorback offensive lineman Luke Charpentier.
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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