Thursday night, 12 high school student-athletes earned the honor of the Patrick Dipaolo Memorial Scholarship. 

Among them, Cathedral Prep Senior, Ian Malesiewski

The former wrestler is on a road to recovery since he suffered a debilitating spinal cord injury during a tournament in 2016.

And to receive a scholarship in the name of the late Dipaolo is an honor and testament to the work he's done, and plans to do.

"I know with him being a teacher, administrator, and a coach, he was a great leader.” Malesiewski said “And that's something i always strive to be, a leader in and out of the classroom."

Even with the possibility that he may never walk again, Malesiewski is not giving up. In fact, he plans to study neuroscience at the University of Miami.

He wants to try and help people with spinal cord injuries, much like the one he has. He's also thinking about motivational speaking.

"Just slowly but surely trying to find a cure, and help people out." Malesiewski said

The $1000 granted will provide a boost to his education. But it's continuing the tradition of leadership and care showed by Dipaolo that will provide the most value.

 "I hope to do the same all over the world, and in Erie in general." Malesiewski said

A total of $12,000 was awarded. Malesiewski’s brother also received a scholarship

And to be eligible for the scholarship, students had to show leadership, caring, kindness and a grade point average of at least 2.5.