KYSA players receive scholarships
Eight Kamloops Youth Soccer Association (KYSA) players were awarded $500 scholarships on Monday, July 23.
Danielle Devente of Westsyde secondary won the Errol Wild Memorial scholarship; Daniel Chadwick of Kamloops Christian School won the McDonald's scholarship; Erin Marchio of North Kamloops secondary won the Rona Scholarship; Daylin Epp of Sa-Hali secondary won the Wendy's scholarship; Scott Bjorkland and Maggie McLeod of Valleyview secondary won Hansport scholarships; and Erik Olson, of Valleyview, and Kierstin Landrie, of South Kamloops secondary, won KYSA scholarships.
"Once again the association received more applications than we had awards and some tough decisions had to be made," said Graham Cope, KYSA president and scholarship committee chair.
"The quality of the candidates just gets better and better year after year."
Award recipients are selected using a number of criteria, which extends beyond their playing ability.
Such benchmarks include an applicant's scholastic achievements, involvement in community activities, volunteer work, assisting with school projects and their contributions back to the game as coaches, game officials or helping with KYSA events and programs.
"We feel we have acknowledged some pretty outstanding student soccer players once again this year," Cope said.
"The majority of our award recipients are heading to Thompson-Rivers University, which bodes well for their soccer program. But, there are also a number of other post-secondary institutes at which our 2012 award winners will be studying. They'll be the benefactors of some great student athletes, too."