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GCF College Scholarship Process

About Our Scholarship Name Barriers

Suzy Reno

She was born in Paris France on August 10, 1932. Her and her husband moved to the US and resided in Sanford, Florida. Her son Phillip (the original scholarship name holder) got involved in soccer at an early age and that is what got Suzy to be involved as well. She served as our B1 District Commissioner for around 20 years or more and was inducted into the FYSA Hall Of Fame in 2002. With her strong french accent and her pasion for youth soccer, she has helped to build youth soccer in Central Florida to what it is today. The DC Cup was her real pasion because it was mainly for the kids that maybe weren't the most gifted of soccer players, but just loved the game. We lost Suzy in 2015, but her memory lives on through the youth that play soccer in our community. For this reason we honor Suzy by giving a 2000.00 scholarship, each year, to the top youth soccer player from GCF in her name.

Edward "Ed" Mallardi

Ed was born in Brooklyn New York on June 4, 1948. He and his wife Lisa moved to Deltona and then to Fern Park where they raised their family. In 1982 Ed became the director of the Orange County Division of the Florida Soccer League. In 1985 he started the first girls soccer team at Bishop Moore High School. Since then they have won 5 state championships. He has helped three different soccer clubs get their start, including the Maitland Soccer Club which he was the president of for 14 years. Ed was also along time member the GCF Board of Directors in which he helped start. He was our director of discipline for as far back as I can remember. We lost Ed in 2008 but his love for helping the youth in our area will live on. He devoted his life to his family and the youth of Central Florida. For this reason we honor Ed by giving a 2000.00 scholarship, each year, to the top youth referee from GCF in his name.

Phillip Reno

He was the son of Suzy Reno, our long time B1 DC, who lost his life as a youth. GCF honored his life by naming one of our scholorships in his name.

Rudolp "Rudy" Spueller

He is widely known as the "father" of youth soccer in Central Florida. He and a few other men started the Orange Soccer Club in 1964 which later became the Orlando Soccer CLub. He helped start youth soccer in our area. GCF honored his life by naming a scholarship in his honor.

Suzie Reno and Ed Mallardi Scholarships Process

Greater Central Florida Youth Soccer League Ed Mallardi and Suzy Reno Scholarships

 

Each year the Greater Central Florida Youth Soccer League (GCFYSL) offers graduating high school seniors who have participated in youth soccer programs at any of our affiliate member clubs the opportunity to apply for the Ed Mallardi and Suzy Reno Scholarships. For GCF soccer year 2019 - 2020, players and young referees who meet the criteria AND who submit the required application package by the May 4, 2020 deadline will be eligible to receive a scholarship.  You may apply for both, but only one scholarship will be awarded to each successful applicant. This is a single year scholarship.

 

The application deadline is Monday, May 4, 2020

The awards committee will be honoring the recipients at the GCF Monthly Meeting in June, currently scheduled to be held on Monday, June 8, 2020.  All scholarship recipients will also be notified via email and/or phone by Friday, May 22, 2020. GCF will name one top player award winner and one top referee award winner and a minimum of 15 scholarship winners. The two top award winners will receive $2000.00 each and the scholarship winners will receive $1000.00 each.

 

Send completed application package to: GCFYSL Scholarships c/o PO Box 700146, St. Cloud, Fl. 34770.

 

Suzy Reno Player Award Eligibility Criteria (Youth Soccer Players):

Played for a GCFYSL affiliated club(s) for at least three years (six seasons).  

Has a 3.00 or Higher GPA for the past School Year.

Must be a graduating high school senior.

Has a letter of acceptance from a college or university. (Students that have not yet been accepted to a university may apply. School plans must be declared and a scholarship check will not be issued until a letter of acceptance has been received.)

The applicant must also provide the committee with a Scholarship Resume in a single package.

 

Ed Mallardi Referee Award Eligibility Criteria (Youth Soccer Referees):

Refereed for GCFYSL affiliated clubs for at least three years (six seasons).

Has a 3.00 or Higher GPA for the past School Year.

Must be a graduating high school senior.

Has a letter of acceptance from a college or university. (Students that have not yet been accepted to a university may apply. School plans must be declared and a scholarship check will not be issued until a letter of acceptance has been received.)

The applicant must also provide the committee with a Scholarship Resume in a single package.

 

Scholarship Resume shall contain the following:

Full Name

Home Address

Parent Contact Information (email address(es), phone number(s))

Social Security Number

 

Players – Player Pass Number

Referees – USSF Number

Dates and Club participation

Volunteer information

College Plans

An Essay on “The Life Lessons Learned Through Soccer  ”

Two letters of recommendation

A SEALED copy of High School transcripts and a copy of the college acceptance letter.

 

ANY APPLICATION THAT IS MISSING REQUIRED INFO WILL BE REJECTED.