Scholarship Information

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2021 RECIPIENTS!

Ian Summerhayes: Carly Romanow Kathy Lawler: Daniel Fishman

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The Sharon Soccer Association (SSA) proudly offers three 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.

Randy Ellis served on the Board of the Sharon Soccer for 21 years in a variety of positions and for 10 years was concurrently the President of the South Shore League in which capacity he served as the Tournament Director of the Massachusetts Tournament of Champions (MTOC) for 3 years. To be awarded for the first time in the Spring of 2022, the scholarship named is his honor will be awarded to a single individual in the amount of $1,500.

Given Randy's long-term service to the youth soccer community in Sharon as well as at the league and state level, the intention of the scholarship named in his honor is to recognize individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary commitment to public or community service.

Candidates for the Randy Ellis Scholarship 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 participant in a minimum of (4) full seasons of travel soccer

  4. An outstanding example of dedication to community service.

Applications for the Randy Ellis Scholarship must be submitted separately from applications for the Ian Summerhayes and Kathy M. Lawler Scholarships. The award of the Randy Ellis Scholarship is not based on soccer-playing ability, nor is it necessary that the community service be soccer related.

Scholarship candidates may be presented to the Association either by written application from the candidate or by nomination from another individual familiar with the candidates qualifications. Written applications/nominations describing the candidates qualifications and community service work should be emailed to the President of the Sharon Soccer Association at president@sharonsoccer.org no later than April 1st. The winner of the Randy Ellis Scholarship 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.

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.

Candidates for the Ian Summerhayes and Kathy M. Lawler 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 from the candidate or by nomination from another individual familiar with the candidates qualifications. Written applications/nominations describing the candidates qualifications and volunteer work should be emailed to the President of the Sharon Soccer Association at president@sharonsoccer.org no later than April 1st. The winner(s) of the Ian Summerhayes and Kathy M. Lawler Scholarship will be determined by a majority vote of the Board of Directors of the SSA. Scholarships will not be awarded in a year when no well-qualified candidates are presented.


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:

https://www.southshoresoccer.com/Awards


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

https://www.mayouthsoccer.org/about/student-athlete-scholarship/



Ian Summerhayes Scholarship Recipients

2021: Carly Romanow

2016: Daniel Goodman

2015: Rose Warren

2014: Madison Tippett

2013: David Goodman

2012: Rosie Tootell

2011: Candice Lavien


Kathy Lawler Scholarship Recipients

2021: Daniel Fishman

2016: Daniel Bender; Brenna Pitman; Abigail Roseman

2015: Mary Griffin; Samantha Ferris

2014: Madison Tippett

2013: Kevin Bartas; Ian Beach; Sarah Cotton

2012: Rosie Tootell

2011: Stephanie Bartas; Mary Gillen; Victoria Ruzzo; Garrett Sullivan

2010: Erica Beach; Ben Yudysky

2009: Ben Posnick

2008: Michelle Croteau; Rachel DeRose; Stephen Gage; T.J. Gillen

2007: Jason Cope; Nate Seiberling

2006: Jenna Silver; Daniel Bloom

2005: Jeremy Cope; Davis Hanold; Kylee DeCoste

2004: Erika Synder; Sissela Tucker

2003: Danielle Costello

2002: Kelly Summerhayes; Rachel Bloom; Ari Goldscheider