Whalen scholarship planned

Though Lindsay Whalen’s college basketball career ended in April, her impact at the University will be felt for years to come.

That’s because the women’s basketball booster club, the Fast Break Club, plans to establish a fully endowed scholarship in Whalen’s name.

The University hopes to give one women’s basketball player the full-ride scholarship starting next year, she said.

Minnesota’s women’s basketball coach Pam Borton approached the booster club to recommend starting the scholarship as a tribute to Whalen.

“I think Lindsay’s really exemplified everything that a student-athlete is really all about at the University of Minnesota,” Borton said. “I think she has done a tremendous amount for the program and she’s everything you ever want in a student-athlete.”

Whalen joins Carol Ann Shudlick as the only Minnesota women’s basketball players to have scholarships started in their names.

Borton said The University requires $25,000 to put a name on a scholarship. She said she hopes to have enough money toward the project after the booster club’s annual Hoops Scramble golf event in August.

The additional money for the $250,000-scholarship will be acquired through University Foundation fund raising, Fast Break Club President Terry McFarland said.

Attaching the name of a popular University athlete, such as Whalen, to a scholarship also makes it easier to solicit donations, McFarland said.

Whalen called it a “great honor” to have the scholarship established in her name.

“It means a lot,” she said. “That will hopefully provide something good for kids down the road and help them go to college and get their education.”