BE grad Jack Tessier one of 10 U.S. Rugby Foundation scholarship
Bishop England High School graduate Jack Tessier of Mount Pleasant is one of 10 recipients of the 2018 Kevin Higgins College Scholarship, awarded by the U.S. Rugby Foundation (USRF).
“Rugby is more than a sport and, in many ways, is a lot like life,” said Tessier.
In rugby, Tessier has found a sense of fullness and most importantly the best version of himself. He credits the rugby community to influencing a positive impact on his life and contributing to much of his success on and off the pitch, stated a USRF press release.
Tessier was a four-year member of the BEHS varsity rugby team. In addition, he played for the South Elite Rugby Academy and was selected to lead the team as captain in his final season.
“First and foremost, Jack’s actions over the years have shown him to be a person of high character who meets his commitments; traits that serve him well,” said Keith Bayer, Bishop England Rugby Football Club head coach. “He has matured a great deal in his time with our club, from a young kid to a man that I was proud to have as my captain. He consistently showed the best characteristics of leadership, setting the standard at training, picking people up instead of tearing them down, and showingcourage in tough situations.”
Tessier will continue his rugby and academic career at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. He will study economics and/or chemistry with aspirations of pursuing an advanced degree upon graduation or a career in the private sector. Tessier’s goal is to continue to improve his rugby skillset at the next level and be named a Collegiate All-American.
“He has been a dedicated and valuable member of the team since he arrived on campus,” added Ryan Grant, College of the Holy Cross Rugby Football Club head coach. “Jack’s presence is a constant at training, he works hard and quickly earned the respect of his peers and club leadership. Even on a team with strong senior leadership, Jack demonstrated his own positive leadership and was not shy about vocally encouraging teammates. His ball skills and game awareness make him a standout, especially among the club freshmen.”