MACOMB, IL – The Western Illinois University Athletics Department have announced that they have created the “Hunter Mason Courage Award and Scholarship”, which will be presented to an upper-class student-athlete each spring who displays scholarship, community service, and leadership through courage; characteristics and values that were embodied by Hunter Mason, a 22-year-old Leatherneck student-athlete who passed away on May 13th due to complications from Glioblastoma, a rare form of brain cancer.
Mason enrolled at WIU in 2018, graduating in 3 years with a degree in Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration and was pursuing a master’s degree in Sport Management before his passing.
Mason was a three-time Missouri Valley Football Conference Academic Honor Roll selection, twice named MVFC All-Academic Honorable Mention, and a two-time MVFC Commissioner’s Excellence List of Academic Excellence award recipient. Mason also excelled on the field, earning All-MVFC All Conference Honorable Mention at linebacker during the 2021 season, and compiled 56 tackles, 13 for loss, nine sacks, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery during his 29 games as a Leatherneck.
“I believe it is appropriate to share with our alumni, parents, and friends the establishment of this award and scholarship today as Hunter would have been playing his senior season for the Leathernecks had this tragedy not occurred,” says WIU Director of Athletics Paul Bubb. “When the Leathernecks go on the field at UT Martin today, I know his spirit will be with all of us.”