Graduate student-athlete Joseph Bieberich ’12, environmental science, will receive the first annual Haud Collumi Scholarship, which is funded largely by alumni of the UMBC Rugby Football Club. Bieberich is captain of the men’s rugby team.

During Bieberich’s senior year at UMBC, he was voted captain & president of the UMBC men’s rugby team, and is currently entering his eighth semester with the team this fall. In the fall of 2011, the team made the playoffs for the fourth consecutive year, and in the spring of 2012, the team brought home first place trophies from both the Frostbite and Rocky Gorge Cup tournaments, with victories against many formidable east coast rugby teams.

In addition to his involvement with the men’s rugby team, he was also a member of the UMBC Honors College and the Sports Club Council. Beiberich also received the community service award and the officer of the month award at the Sports Club Council end of the year banquet in May.

This coming academic year, he plans to remain a captain on the men’s rugby team and an executive on the Sports Club Council. He is currently enrolled in an accelerated master’s program at UMBC.

This article was originally reported by UMBC Athletics and Recreation.

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