Indiana announced Friday that it will award six scholarships to former walk-on players.
Wilson announces 6 Walk-On Scholarships Awarded:
— Indiana Football (@HoosierFootball) August 26, 2016
For walk-ons, earning a scholarship is a tremendous reward for hours of hard work and dedication — not to mention financial sacrifice. For players who are recruited and given full-ride scholarships out of high school, the magnitude of that achievement often goes overlooked.
Following Indiana’s announcement, former Hoosiers walk-on-turned-scholarship wide receiver Isaiah Roundtree took to Twitter to express that very sentiment.
you dont really realize the magnitude of getting a ball scholarship until you finish school and have bills. Wilson easily saved me over 100k
— Isaiah Roundtree (@iRoundtree15) August 26, 2016
Roundtree came to Indiana from Morehead State in 2011, fulfilling the dream he had since high school to play for the Hoosiers. After a year as a redshirt scout team player, he earned a scholarship each of his last three years playing for coach Kevin Wilson.
Roundtree finished his career with 28 catches for 236 yards and two total touchdowns. More importantly, he lived out his Big Ten dream and graduated with a degree in liberal studies without being strapped with student loans.
How many Indiana graduates can say that?