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By Ernie W. Webb III | Media Specialist
For many prospective students, choosing a college is a difficult, even agonizing decision. For Riley Krane, the decision was about as easy as it gets.
“If I considered any other school, it was very briefly,” said Krane, an incoming freshman from Evergreen, Colo. “Going to Washburn has always made sense.”
The son of Washburn alumni John Krane, ba ’86, and Shelley (Jones) Krane, b ed ’87, Riley is one of 83 students who received an Alumni Association scholarship for the 2012-13 academic year.
“It means a lot to me and my parents to receive the scholarship,” said Riley, who was the student body president at Evergreen High School. “I know a lot of people apply for those scholarships, so it was exciting to be one of the students picked.”
Attending Washburn isn’t the only thing that runs in the family blood lines. Riley also inherited a love of sports from his parents, both of whom were athletes at Washburn. His mother played tennis as a Lady Blue, and his father played baseball as an Ichabod.
An all-conference performer in high school, Riley will continue the family tradition and play baseball for longtime coach Steve Anson, who also coached John Krane.
“One of the things I take great pride in is coaching fathers and sons here,” Anson said. “I think that’s pretty special, to be able to say you’ve done that. That’s one of the things I really enjoy.”
In the younger Krane, Anson welcomes a shortstop who hit .521 and finished eighth in Evergreen’s conference in slugging percentage. He also led his team to its first playoff appearance in 11 years.
“Being able to play baseball has a lot to do with going to Washburn, but it’s a great fit, regardless,” said Riley, a fan of Colorado Rockies’ all-star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki. “I’m looking forward to getting there this fall and showing Coach Anson what I can do.”
The Alumni Association awarded nearly $30,000 in scholarships for the 2012-13 academic year. All 83 students who received scholarships are legacies. A legacy student is either a Washburn alumnus/alumnae or has a parent, sibling or spouse who received a degree from Washburn or is attending the university.
“We’re so pleased to be able to assist so many students,” said Alumni Association Director Susie Hoffmann. “The scholarship program continues to be a wonderful resource for current and prospective Washburn students.”
Justin Blumreich, who has a bachelor of business administration, is a fifth-generation graduate.