Many people know a wrestler or other person affiliated with the wrestling business who has received some type of assistance from the CAC Benevolent Fund. Few, though, probably know that CAC also has a Scholarship Fund. Well, shame on us for not getting the word out in the past, but that ends today!
In 1992, Rev. Bill Pappas asked the Cauliflower Alley Club to assist his grandson who was attempting to qualify for the Olympics and concurrently donated the first 1,000 that was to go into the Scholarship Fund. Shortly thereafter, the estate of Joe Malcewicz gave 10,000 to the fund and we were rolling. Tom Drake, highly regarded member of the CAC Board of Directors, has said that he will match all contributions to the fund. The Scholarship Fund continues to this day and is prepared to offer financial assistance to those qualified individuals in need.
Scholarships ranging from 250 to a maximum of 2,000 can be awarded to high school students preparing to head to college and those already in college who are in need of assistance. While most of our recipients have been wrestlers and it is certainly our pleasure to offer financial assistance to the next generation of great amateur wrestlers, the scholarship is available to those outside the wrestling world as well. As a matter of fact, we have awarded scholarships to two individuals outside of wrestling programs.
Some of our past recipients of the CAC Scholarships have been the Morgan brothers who made the USA Olympic team, Tom Pappas who won numerous national titles and has been voted the fastest man in the world and, perhaps, the one we are most proud of: Nick Ackerman. Nick is a double amputee who lost both legs at a young age but went on to win the national wrestling championship and serve as a role model for thousands. In 2002, the CAC Scholarship Fund awarded Nick the maximum 2,000, but, upon announcement of how much his college bill was, through donations from members, Nick left CAC with over 12,000. That is what this club is about.
The Cauliflower Alley Club has joined efforts with the Ilio DiPaolo Scholarship fund to make these funds more available to the deserving students. CAC board member, Dick Beyer (aka The Destroyer) is also on the Ilio DiPaolo Scholarship board and works closely with them as the CAC spokesperson. Effect 2008, all CAC nominees will work with Mr. Beyer. The deadline for submitting applications is March 21st of every year. As the winners are awarded in May.
If you would like to learn more about the Ilio DiPaolo Scholarship fund click here
There is no limit to the number of scholarships we can and will award in any given year â?? it all depends on the amount of money in the fund and the number of candidates who apply and are qualified. Candidates for a scholarship must be nominated by a member of Cauliflower Alley Club but are not required to be members themselves. One cannot; however, nominate themselves.
If you have a friend or relative or just know someone for whom a CAC scholarship is needed, please follow these instructions:
- Write a short essay or statement on why your nominee is deserving of the scholarship and verifying their need for the assistance
- Submit your essay and photographs of the nominee to:
- Dick Beyer
- 7023 Sandhill Rd.
- Akron, NY 14001
Submit by e-mail to
firstname.lastname@example.org you will receive a confirmation of receipt of the application and all further communication will be with the nominee.
So, what are you waiting for? Apply for a scholarship for a deserving candidate today!