The scholarship is awarded on the basis of academics, athletics, community involvement, financial need, leadership, and other intangible qualities.
2022 Cherry Creek High School graduate Charlie Eigner is bound for the University of Alabama, with the help of a supportive family and a $24,000 scholarship from the John Lynch Foundation.
On July 19, Eigner learned that he is one of four student athletes from Colorado to receive a Lynch Family Legacy Scholarship, which is awarded on the basis of academics, athletics, community involvement, financial need, leadership, and other intangible qualities. Scholarship applicants must also submit an essay and letters of recommendation.
John Lynch, former Denver Broncos safety and 2021 NFL Hall of Fame inductee, established the scholarship in 2000.
“I think what made me a really good candidate was just the fact that I was very well-rounded,” Eigner said. “I was a multi-sport athlete and I excelled throughout my academic high school career.”
Eigner, who played basketball, baseball and tennis at CCHS while maintaining a 4.3 grade point average, credits his parents and especially his two older brothers, Jake and Joe, with instilling in him a love for sports and a strong work ethic.
“When I was a little kid, I worshipped them,” Eigner recalled. “I wanted to do everything they did. And they really showed me the right path of what you can do with sports and doing well in school… Just watching them allowed me to excel.”
At Cherry Creek High School, Eigner found an environment that exemplified the Cherry Creek School District’s core values of Growth Mindset and Engagement. That environment supported his drive and determination to do well.
“I loved my time at Creek,” he said. “The academics and athletics are amazing. You can find any group of kids to challenge yourself, whether it be academically or in sports.”
Eigner was also involved in activities at Cherry Creek, including National Honor Society, Student Senate (where he served as a senator and student body judiciary representative), as well as several clubs. Outside of school, Eigner was involved in community service through the Boys Team Charity, Mile High Chapter. There, he served as president during his junior year in high school, leading the group as it planned and executed service projects, such as collecting clothing and toiletries for homeless veterans being treated at Denver’s VA Hospital.
This fall, Eigner will again follow in his brothers’ footsteps. Both of them are Alabama graduates, so Eigner is familiar with his soon-to-be home.
“The university itself is super school-spirited,” he said. “They have football, they love all their sports.”
Eigner is looking forward to cheering on the Crimson Tide, as he doesn’t plan to play sports at the collegiate level. Instead, he’ll focus on studying economics, as the first step toward a career in law.
“I come from a family of lawyers so I’m going to keep the tradition going,” Eigner said. “I’m just a very practical, analytical guy. I’ve always found myself good at debate and I’m a people person. So, I feel like it’s a job where I could use my best attributes to help others and make a good living.”
Congratulations to Lynch Family Legacy Scholarship recipient Charlie Eigner!