Jacob Gerken

Scholarship fund helps wrestler practice his craft

Jacob, a chemical and biomechanical engineering major, is set to graduate in 2017. He is a member of the varsity wrestling team and has been a contributor to the team’s success the past two seasons. He took fourth in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and NCAA Regional Championships at 141 lbs. as a true freshman in 2013-14 and was a starter in 2014-15.

He is also an active member in Alpha Phi Omega, a national leadership and service-based fraternity. When he’s not wrestling, Jacob enjoys spending time with family and friends, working on his family’s farm in Fort Morgan, Colo., and volunteering.

With the help of the Jack Hancock Endowed Scholarship Fund, Jacob has been able to devote his time and effort to academics and athletics. “I have been fortunate enough to be able to enjoy the Mines experience while also competing at the collegiate level in wrestling.” Time management has become an essential tool for Jacob, as he is very busy balancing wrestling, studies, and volunteer work. He appreciates the support network that his teammates and coaches have created for academics.