On June 26th, South Bronx United announced four high school seniors as the recipients of the 2016 SBU College Scholarship: Anayeli Bolaños, Kevin Camacho, Musa Konteh, and Alhassane Sako. All are receiving funds from South Bronx United to help them pursue post-secondary degrees in New York State. The recipients were announced during the SBU Academy awards ceremony and barbecue following the annual Graduates and Alumni soccer match. All graduating seniors from the South Bronx United were eligible to apply. It was the fifth year that South Bronx United has awarded college scholarship money. Graduate Nourou Gaiya was also recognized for his outstanding scholarship application. Nourou had already received a CUNY Dream scholarship to cover his tuition at Lehman College, as well as the Cosmopolitan Junior Soccer League scholarship of $1,000 per year to cover additional educational expenses.
Anayeli and Kevin received $1,500 each to assist with expenses when the start at Bronx Community College and Borough of Manhattan Community College in January, respectively. Having moved from Mexico four years ago with her mother and three younger siblings, Anayeli has had to overcome numerous obstacles. She will become the first in her family to attend college. Anayeli graduated from New World High school in the Bronx. Kevin, who is also from Mexico, graduated from the High School of Arts and Imagination in Manhattan. Anayeli and Kevin both have had to overcome challenges of not being eligible for federal financial aid. Musa received $500 to assist with educational expenses at Sienna College where he also intends to play soccer.
South Bronx United also awards a PlaySoccer2Give (PS2G) scholarship of $1,000 each year, which is sponsored by PlaySoccer2Give, a nonprofit organization that encourages adult pickup soccer communities to play for a common good, raise funds and awareness of soccer non-profits. The 2015 recipient of the PS2G Scholarship was Alhassane who has been a part of South Bronx United and the SBU 97 Strikers since 2012.
Alhassane graduated from the Academy for Social Action and will be attending SUNY Delhi. Growing up in a big family, Alhassane is has learned to take care of himself: “The people I live with whom I’ve now come to call mom and dad have seven other children to take care of; me being the eighth one has added more struggle into their hands. I am grateful that I have a roof over my head. But I fend for myself and it has been a process for me to balance my priorities. Soccer has been a part of my life and South Bronx United is definitely the place where I feel at home. In the next four years, I’m looking forward to taking advantage of all opportunities that I can get to help my parents and the people I live with.”
In all, South Bronx United has awarded $25,000 since 2012 to deserving students from within the SBU Academy who demonstrate promising future potential with a financial need to help them reach that potential. The scholarship is supported by individual donations and organizations such as PS2G.
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