-submitted by KYSA

KAMLOOPS, BC –– The Kamloops Youth Soccer Association (KYSA) today announced the recipients of ten Scholarship Awards it has to present this year.

The top two recipients receive a $750 contribution toward their post-secondary education. The other eight receive $500 each.

The ten 2018 Scholarship Award donors and recipients are:

1. KYSA (Male): Caelan Atamanchuk – Norkam Secondary – $750
2. KYSA (Female): Marie-Claire Marshall – South Kamloops Secondary – $750
3. Bank of Montreal: Parker Mills – South Kamloops Secondary – $500
4. Hansport (Male): Sage Pavlovich – Sa-Hali Secondary – $500
5. Hansport (Female): Athena Louvros – Norkam Secondary – $500
6. Mc Donald’s: Charlotte Hutchison – Sa-Hali Secondary – – $500
7. Lynn Burrows Memorial: Denae Branchflower – Norkam Secondary – $500
8. Errol Wild Family Memorial: Jean Ramirez – Sa-Hali Secondary – $500
9. Forward Law LLP: Tak Cox – South Kamloops Secondary – $500
10. Chopped Leaf: Sara King – Sa-Hali Secondary – $500

KYSA Scholarships are presented to selected students proceeding from Grade 12 to a university or other accredited post-secondary institution approved by the KYSA Scholarship Awards Committee and/or students already attending a post-secondary institute, but were under the age of 18 as of January 1 of the current year.

To qualify, an applicant for a KYSA Scholarship must have been registered in the association for three or more seasons (not necessarily consecutive).

The KYSA Scholarship Awards Committee chose the ten recipients based on a variety of criteria, such as an applicant’s scholastic achievements, participation in school activities, leadership qualities, sportsmanship and time spent volunteering in church or community organizations. Soccer talent is just one of the yardsticks the selectors use to determine the award winners. A candidate’s contributions as a referee, coach or manager in the KYSA is also taken into consideration.

“We feel we have acknowledged some truly outstanding student-athletes again this year,” says KYSA Vice-President Rod Gurnsey, who chaired the Scholarship Awards Committee. “As usual, we received more applications than the number of awards we have to present and some difficult decisions had to be made. The quality of the candidates just gets better and better year-after-year. We just wish we had more money to distribute so that we could recognize and assist more excellent student-athletes!”

Award recipients will be recognized at the 2nd Annual Volunteer Appreciation and Awards Dinner this Saturday at St. Ann’s Academy. Tickets are still available for the dinner––on the KYSA web site at, at the KYSA office on McArthur Island or from Hansport on 8th Street in North Kamloops.

Posted in BC Soccer News.