The College of the Siskiyous Foundation Scholarship Program has announced that family and friends of the late Joe Blevins have established a scholarship in his memory.

The College of the Siskiyous Foundation Scholarship Program has announced that family and friends of the late Joe Blevins have established a scholarship in his memory.

The scholarship will first be awarded to a northern California area student who plans to attend COS in the 2013-14 academic year. Application will be open to both high school seniors and current COS students.

After graduating from Dunsmuir High School, Blevins attended COS from 1965 to 1966 and played one season of basketball before serving in the United States Army for three years.

He returned to COS in 1969 and played baseball, football and basketball from 1969 to 1970. Blevins was named COS’ Most Outstanding Athlete of the Year in 1970 and also received Honorable Mention all-conference recognition in all three sports.

He graduated from COS in 1970 and transferred to Chico State University where he majored in Physical Education and received his teaching credential.

Blevins spent the next 12 years in Bieber teaching and coaching at Big Valley High School. In 1988, he returned to Siskiyou County to teach and coach at Mount Shasta High School.

At MSHS, Blevins led many of his teams to championships and also served for many years as athletic director. Following his retirement in 2007 from MSHS, he was elected to the Siskiyou Union High School District School Board of Trustees and also resurfaced as an assistant basketball coach at Weed High School.

In 2007, COS inducted Blevins into the COS Athletic Hall of Fame for his accomplishments as a COS student and athlete.

Blevins had a special spirit that exuded playfulness, kindness and warmth. He was passionate about the importance of athletics in the lives of young people, believing it to be a platform for building integrity and personal character in those who participated.

The Joe and Jana Blevins Scholarship will support those students Blevins cared so much about.

Applicants must participate in extracurricular activities (athletics preferred), display solid citizenship, traits of caring, concern for others, sense of humor, and the ability to inspire others.

Applications will be available beginning in January 2013.

Donations to the scholarship are tax-deductible and should be sent to the COS Foundation, 800 College Avenue, Weed, CA 96094.

For more information about this scholarship or the COS Foundation Scholarship Program, call (530) 938-5373 or send email to: pio@siskiyous.edu.