On June 27th, South Bronx United announced four high school seniors as the recipients of the 2015 SBU College Scholarship: Estefani Sierra, Samuel Koomson, Abama Nyamaa, and Kevin Anchundia.  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 fourth year that South Bronx United has awarded college scholarship money.

Estefani Sierra was awarded a $1,500 scholarship.  She will be attending the Borough of Manhattan Community College as a first-generation college student and hopes to study Nursing.  She said, “When I heard my name being called that I have won the scholarship, I couldn’t believe it. This scholarship means that I would be able to go to college without worrying if I would have enough money to cover classes, books, and travel.  I am able to be the first one in my family to go to college. Thank you, South Bronx United.”

Estefani, 18, graduated from University Heights High School with a 3.0 GPA.  She was part of the SBU Rising Stars for two years, but could not play much of the year due to a torn ACL.  She was also a member of the SBU Youth Council.  Her family moved to the United States from Mexico and are proud to have raised a college student.

Samuel Koomson was also awarded a $1,500 scholarship to attend Buffalo State College.  Born in Ghana, he has been with South Bronx United and the SBU 95 Blue Devils for nearly three years.  He graduated from Bronx Career and College Preparatory School with a 2.7 GPA and hopes to study Chemistry or Health Science.  The scholarship funds will be used to directly pay for tuition and offset the costs of loans.  Samuel says, “Winning the South Bronx United Scholarship has motivated and boosted my confidence more to achieve anything in life as it is filled with lots of competition. It is now also evident that everything is attained through hard work and determination.”

Abama Nyamaa, who moved from Ghana four years ago, received $1,000 to aid his educational expenses.  He is graduating from Crotona International High School and hopes to study nursing at Bronx Community College.  Abama only joined South Bronx United this year, but says the impact the organization has had on him in a short time has been huge: “I’m so proud to be a member of South Bronx United. The club helped me a lot to improve my skill in soccer, English learning, find the best college for me.  Now they are offering me a scholarship to achieve my goal in college.  This helps me to follow my dream, achieve my goal and also make my future bright.”

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 Kevin Anchundia who has been a part of South Bronx United and the SBU 97 Strikers since 2010.

Kevin, who was born in Ecuador and immigrated to the Bronx with his family, recently graduated from the High School for Computers and Technology.  He will be attending Long Island University at CW Post and hopes to study Finance.  Kevin stated, “Winning the PlaySoccer2Give college scholarship gives me a huge boost financially.  This fall, I’m planning to attend LIU CW Post as a commuter student.  This scholarship will help me cover some commuting expenses, including gas, tolls, and train tickets.  I’m honored and grateful for the scholarship.  Thank you, South Bronx United and PlaySoccer2Give!”

In all, South Bronx United has awarded $20,000 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.

If you or someone you know is interested in support the SBU College Scholarship Fund, please donate here.  You can choose to designate donations for the scholarship fund.  For questions, contact info@southbronxunited.org or (718) 404-9281.