Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Announces 2019 College Scholarship Recipients
Plymouth Meeting—June 12—Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer is pleased to announce its four college scholarship recipients for 2019. All four will receive scholarships worth $1000 per year for up to four years. The recipients were chosen by the Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Scholarship Committee based on their scholastic achievement, community service and leadership. They will join the more than 100 students who have received scholarships since Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer established the program. Seniors associated with Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer as players, coaches, volunteers or referees were eligible for the scholarships.
The 2019 recipients are Evan Bender, Hannah DeVito, Aidan Hopkins and Samuel Martin.
“Evan, Hannah, Aidan and Samuel are role models as athletes and students,” said Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Chief Operating Officer Kelly Connor, who heads the Scholarship Committee. “We look forward to following their careers in college and beyond. We thank them for their support of and participation in the Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer community.”
Bound for Penn State, Evan Bender, a Penncrest graduate, has committed himself to volunteering during his four years of high school. He’s worked as a buddy with Rose Tree SC TOPSoccer, which provides athletes with special needs an opportunity to play soccer, and supported the Get Well Gabby Foundation, an organization that supports the fight against childhood cancer. Evan plays his club soccer for Unity FC, having previously played for FC Europa, 1776 United and Rose Tree SC.
The Charlotte Moran Memorial Scholarship winner, Hannah DeVito, will continue her academic career at Penn State, where she plans on studying nursing. She served as the National Honor Society President at New Hope-Solebury High School, where she received the soccer program’s Coaches’ Award and Most Valuable Player award.
A captain with Penn Alliance and Upper Dublin High School, Aidan Hopkins has balanced academics and athletics with remarkable success. She has earned straight A’s throughout high school, while volunteering for such organizations as Upper Dublin TOPSoccer, Cradles to Crayons, Mini-THON, the SPCA and the Catalyst for Success Club. Aidan will attend Bentley University to study Actuarial Science.
Headed to Johns Hopkins University, where he will play soccer for the Blue Jays, Samuel Martin, the Bill Whitney Memorial Scholarship winner, brings a wide range of soccer and academic success with him. He’s been a part of the trophy-laden Penn Fusion SA club, while captaining West Chester Henderson for two years. Samuel is also a Grade 8 referee, a three-time National Latin Exam Medalist and a four-time AMC Math Competition selection.
About Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer – Since 1972, Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer has worked throughout Eastern Pennsylvania to promote, foster and perpetuate the game of soccer to the region’s youth. Through competitions, educational programs, workshops and coaching clinics, Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer impacts the lives of more than 130,000 youth soccer players from ages five to 19. Additional information about Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer can be found at http://www.epysa.org.