Rusty Ward was the Arlington All-American boy next door who stayed true to his roots. He will be remembered as an elite two-sport athlete who cared deeply for his team, his teammates and the game. He was a humble man, but a fierce competitor. Rusty was recently inducted into the 2017 inaugural class of the Arlington Athletics Hall of Fame.

Rusty was a lifelong resident of Arlington and graduated from Arlington High School in 1969. He lettered all three years and was named all-district and all-state in both baseball and football. Rusty set many football and baseball records at AHS, and he played in the first football game between Arlington High School and Sam Houston High School in 1967.

He was drafted to play pro baseball by the San Francisco Giants, forgoing a scholarship to TCU. He played five full seasons with the Cincinnati Reds Baseball Club, where he played A ball in Tampa, AA ball in Canada and AAA ball in Indianapolis and was voted to several all-star teams. A lingering knee injury from 1969 ended his playing career in 1975.

Rusty graduated from UT-Arlington where he earned a bachelor's in political science and then a master's in taxation. He served as Vice President for Business and Controller at UT Arlington, where he retired in 2010 after a distinguished 20-year career. 

Rusty will always be remembered for his athletic ability, his humility, his keen business sense, his giving spirit, along with his dedication to his family and friends, UTA and his hometown of Arlington, Texas.

Scholarship Awarded to One Male and One Female 

$1,000 per recipient



1. Demonstrated high academics

2. Multiple sport Varsity athlete

3. Attending a post secondary institution

4. Strong leadership potential


Or checks can be made payable to Arlington Athletics Hall of Honor Foundation. 

Please note Rusty Ward Scholarship Fund.

Mail to:

PO Box 14250

Arlington, TX 76094


 Our sincere thanks!

The Arlington Athletics Hall of Honor Foundation is an IRS 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  Your donations to the Hall of Honor Foundation 's Rusty Ward Scholarship Fund are tax deductible.  Thank you!