Zachary J. Topper graduated from South Western High School in Hanover, Pennsylvania, in 1994. He was the captain of the football team his senior year and led the team to league and city championships. The York Daily Record, York Dispatch, and The Evening Sun newspapers selected him to All-Conference, League, and City Teams. Zack still holds South Western football records for most quarterback sacks in a season (16) and in a career (23).
Zachary matriculated to Shippensburg University following his graduation from South Western. While earning his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree, he was a member of the Shippensburg University football team. Zack played for three years as a defensive linebacker and, due to a brain tumor, was with the team as a student assistant/coach during his fourth year of eligibility. He graduated as a member of the Class of 1998.
Zachary embodied the characteristics of the finest student athletes: courageous, both on and off the field; loyal as a friend, with a quick-witted sense of humor; determined to succeed no matter what the barriers; and passionate about living a meaningful life. His family and friends establish this scholarship fund in his memory. Through the awarding of scholarships made possible by this fund, Zack’s numerous positive traits and the uplifting spirit that he shared with others, both on and beyond the Shippensburg University campus, will live on forever.
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