About six months after 17-year-old Shelby Sudbrink from Atascadero was killed in a tragic car crash, her family and close friends are keeping her memory alive with an annual scholarship worth almost $10,000 over the course of the student’s college career.
Sudbrink, a senior basketball player at Templeton High School, died on the morning of Jan. 6 when her Toyota 4Runner crossed a solid double yellow line and hit a tree on Templeton Road near Highway 41, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Now, Sudbrink’s family and close friends — who described her as “full of life” in a Tribune interview shortly after the crash — are remembering her with a scholarship for college-bound female senior athletes from Templeton High School who “personify the passion, integrity and heart that Shelby embodied in her short 17 years.”
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The Shelby Sudbrink Memorial Scholarship Foundation plans to award one scholarship per year, starting spring 2017. The foundation will give the recipient $1,212.12 — honoring No. 12, Sudbrink’s basketball jersey number — at the start of two academic terms per year for up to eight terms, totaling nearly $9,700.
“This annual scholarship will allow recipients to breathe a little easier and enjoy more of the special moments in their own lives … to ‘Live For Shelby,’ ” according to www.liveforshelby.org.
The foundation will hold a dinner and auction to raise money for the scholarship fund on June 3 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Templeton American Legion Hall, 805 S. Main St. Tickets cost $50 and include a barbecue dinner, drink ticket and raffle entry.
For more information, contact Emily Sudbrink at 805-468-9521.