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Garrett Uekman scholarship established

The scholarship will go to a Razorback tight end, who is a walk-on. Many of Garrett's friends were walk-ons and he admired their drive.

LITTLE ROCK, AR -- In February 2010, Garrett Uekman signed on to play with the Razorbacks. Unfortunately, the tight end's athletic career ended last November. Doctors say he died from cardiomyopathy, resulting in an enlarged heart.

So his legacy will forever be associated with the team he loved, the Garrett Uekman Foundation established a $100,000 memorial scholarship to help other student athletes.

"He had such an impact on us and we just want to spread his impact on us to the rest of the state," said Chase Miller, a member of the foundation.

The scholarship will go to a Razorback tight end, who is a walk-on.  Many of Garrett's friends were walk-ons and he admired their drive.

"A walk-on is a hard position to be in. You have to love the game. You have to go in there wanting to be great everyday and work so harder than any other athlete. You're working for a spot," Megan Uekman said, who was Garrett's sister and now president of the foundation.

U of A Athletic Director Jeff Long said they've not been able to forget about Uekman, who proudly wore number eighty-eight.

"For them to think about the University of Arkansas and Razorback athletics mean a great deal to us because it says so much and they believed in who we are and what we stand for," Long said.

To donate to the foundation, click here.

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