Scholarship Information

The Sharon Soccer Association (SSA) proudly offers two different scholarships to recognize and reward graduating high school students pursuing post-secondary education (college or trade school) or entering the military who exemplify the ideals of sportsmanship, respect and teamwork.

Ian Summerhayes was a long-time coach and Board Member with the Sharon Soccer Association, and the scholarship named in his honor is awarded each year to a single individual in the amount of $1500.

Kathy M. Lawler served for many years as the Registrar of the Sharon Soccer Association and the scholarship named in her honor is awarded each year to up to three individuals, each in the amount of $750.

Candidate for the SSA’s annual scholarships must be:

  1. A resident of Sharon.

  2. A graduating high school senior pursuing some form of post-secondary education (e.g. college or trade school) or entering the military.

  3. A positive example of good sportsmanship, respect and teamwork.

  4. A significant contributor to SSA’s youth soccer program, above and beyond any participation as a player. These contributions must have been for a minimum of four SSA seasons (Fall and Spring are considered separate seasons).

The candidate’s contribution may have involved coaching, fund-raising, or any other activities important to the success of the SSA’s youth soccer programs. These contributions must have been on a non-compensated, volunteer basis. The award is not based on soccer-playing ability. It is also not necessary that the candidate played in any of Sharon Soccer's programs, provided that he/she meets the criteria listed above.

Scholarship candidates may be presented to the Association either by written application or by nomination. A candidate’s application must include the seasons the candidate volunteered for the SSA, the job(s) the candidate performed and a description of how the candidate exemplifies the ideals of sportsmanship, respect and teamwork. The winner(s) of the annual scholarship(s) will be determined by a majority vote of the Board of Directors of the SSA. A scholarship will not be awarded in a year when no well-qualified candidates are presented.

Written applications/nominations describing the candidates volunteer efforts for SSA and demonstrating the ideals of sportsmanship, respect and teamwork should be emailed to the President of the Sharon Soccer Association at no later than April 1st.

South Shore Soccer League Skip Gorman Memorial Scholarship

The South Shore Soccer League will offer scholarships named in honor of Past President Skip Gorman to both a male and female soccer player extending their education beyond High School. High School seniors who will be entering a secondary education program full time in the fall of next year are eligible to apply for this scholarship. Details and the application for these scholarships can be found here:

Massachusetts Youth Soccer College Scholarship

Each year MYSA gives two deserving Mass Youth Soccer members a $1,000 college scholarship. All they need to do is to write a 500 word essay on the effect that soccer has had in their life, answer some questions as to their academics, sports and community service, and to have been a Mass Youth Soccer member for at least the last 2 years. Deadline for applying is May 1, 2013. Details and the application for these scholarships can be found here

Ian Summerhayes Scholarship Recipients

2016: Daniel Goodman

2015: Rose Warren

2014: Madison Tippett

2013: David Goodman

2012: Rosie Tootell

2011: Candice Lavien

Kathy Lawler Scholarship Recipients


Daniel Bender

Brenna Pitman

Abigail Roseman


Mary Griffin

Samantha Ferris


Madison Tippett


Kevin Bartas

Ian Beach

Sarah Cotton


Rosie Tootell


Stephanie Bartas

Mary Gillen

Victoria Ruzzo

Garrett Sullivan


Erica Beach

Ben Yudysky


Ben Posnick


Michelle Croteau

Rachel DeRose

Stephen Gage

T.J. Gillen


Jason Cope

Nate Seiberling


Jenna Silver

Daniel Bloom


Jeremy Cope

Davis Hanold

Kylee DeCoste


Erika Synder

Sissela Tucker


Danielle Costello


Kelly Summerhayes

Rachel Bloom

Ari Goldscheider