The Rugby Alumni of Sam Houston was established in April, 2000 in an effort to more effectively support the current Sam Houston State University Rugby Club. Some of the best plays in sports are the ones drawn on napkins and this inception was no different. On Alumni weekend of 2000, two Alums, Jeff Talley and Gary Holub, along with the Sam Houston rugby coach, Johnny Smith, laid the groundwork for this organization on the front porch of a local Huntsville eatery.
The main focus of the group was to support a $1,000.00 scholarship to a current player and use this tool as an effort to recruit future players. Since that date, the Alumni have honored the Mike Mahon Memorial Rugby Scholarship each year and have since added two other scholarships honoring fallen Sam Houston ruggers, Omar “Chavez” Sanchez and Jay Shepard. The scholarships are supported fully by the donations of the Alumni.
Please use the links below to apply or donate to a scholarship.
Please make sure to include the corresponding account number for any scholarship donations.