The Long Island Junior Soccer League honored 31 scholarship recipients at the LIJSL Scholarship Breakfast at the Huntington Hilton in Melville, N.Y. July 15.
The recipients were selected on academic and athletic excellence and their community service.
The LIJSL Scholarship Program began in 1981 when one boy and one girl each received a scholarship. It has grown exponentially just as soccer continues to grow in the United States.
Two new scholarships were added this year –the Jerry Marinan Memorial Scholarship and the Brittney Walsh Memorial Scholarships.
Marinan, a LIJSL Hall of Famer, was a member of the Levittown Soccer Club for more than 35 years. He was a coach, travel director, social activities director and president amd was heavily involved in the LIJSL’s Liberty Cup and Waldbaum’s Cup.
Walsh was ranked 22nd in the 2012 graduating class at Copiague High School. She was captain of the girls soccer team and winter track team and played for Lindenhurst and Massapequa in the LIJSL. Walsh was the personification of her yearbook quote, “Be a Fruit Loop in a World of Cheerios.”
“You put in a lot of hard work to be here,” LIJSL scholarship chairperson Lynn Scarpati addressed the winners. “Life is not always fair but we know that you know how to transform lemons into lemonades.”
The LIJSL scholarship recipients
* Ryan Mehryari attending Molloy College, Jerry Marinan Memorial Scholarship
* Caitlyn Lopeck attending the Sage Colleges, Brittney Walsh Memorial Scholarship
* Jack Zaretsky attending Fairleigh Dickinson University, Brittney Walsh Memorial Scholarship
* Andrew Wagner attending Adelphi University, Rocco Amoroso Sportsmanship Award Scholarship
* Konstantine Mendrinos attending Queens College, Sean Urda Memorial Scholarship
* Kailee Vaseghi attending Molloy College, Frank and Michael Vertullo Foundation Scholarships
* Colin Capece attending Notre Dame, Peter C. Collins Presidential Scholarship
* Colin Fitzgerald attending the University of Florida, Addie Mattei-Iaia Presidential Scholarship
* Emily Zeblinsky attending Johnson & Wales University, Pat Grecco Scholarship
* Erin Fitzgerald attending Drew University, Eurosport Scholarship
* Ronin Chasin attending Cornell University, Bobbie Marks Memorial Scholarship
* Caitlyn Humann attending Fordham University, Bobbie Marks Memorial Scholarship
* Alexis Quealy attending Queens College, Bobbie Marks Memorial Scholarship
* Diana Hadjiyane attending Boston College, Eileen Frazita Memorial Scholarship
* Nina Macagnone attending Albany State, Joseph Lombardo Memorial Scholarship
* Tyler McElhinney attending Loyola University, Michael Scarpati Memorial Scholarship
* Leo Musacchia attending Stevens Institute of Technology, Matthew Scarpati Memorial Scholarship
* Matthew Barresi attending American University, Miles For Matt Foundation Scholarship
* Liam Farrell attending Cornell University, Miles For Matt Foundation Scholarship
* Connor O’Callaghan attending Quinnipiac University, Miles For Matt Foundation Scholarship
* Robert Cydzik attending Fordham University, Carolyn Page Memorial Scholarship
* Katelyn Byrnes-Cunningham attending the University of Delaware, Sandra Atlas Bass Scholarship
* Mackenzie Griffin attending Geneseo State, Dalia Morelli Memorial Scholarship
* Brandon Rodriguez attending Suffolk Community College, Frank Gorman Memorial Scholarship
* Jaclyn Corbin attending Haverford College, John Pinezich Memorial Scholarship
* Nick Mastroianni attending Trinity College, Michael Secko Memorial Scholarship
* Michael Mulqueen attending Cornell University, Jonathan Marc Serota Memorial Scholarship
* Fiona McCaul attending the University of Scranton, Modell’s Scholarship
* Samantha Rini attending Manhattan College, George Hoffman TOPSoccer Volunteer Scholarship
* Allison Kunstler attending Duke University, George Hoffman TOPSoccer Volunteer Scholarship
* Jack Costa attending Springfield College, Modell’s TOPSoccer Volunteer Scholarship