The SLSG Living Legacy Fund is an endowment that allows for scholarships to be awarded to deserving players who have talent and passion but may not have the financial resources to join the club or continue as a valued player. The 2017-18 season application is closed. The 2018-19 application will be open in March 2018.
St. Louis Scott Gallagher Living Legacy Scholarship Fund awards full club scholarships for deserving SLSG athletes. Scholarships are awarded by an endowment board made up of individuals inside and outside the club, who weighed criteria including financial need, character, and passion for the game.
Living Legacy Scholarships Awarded:
2014-2015 = 6
2015-2016 = 34
2016-2017 = 39
Here are some of the stories:
– Female Recipient who has played for the club for 10 years.
In her own words, she states: “SLSG is special to me in many ways. I have been a part of this club since I was 8 years old. I have gotten the chance to be coached by the best and to be able to train with the best. SLSG is the best club in the area and being a part of SLSG makes me feel proud; especially since everyone wants to beat the best. Not only do I look at my teammates as family, but the whole Gallagher Club is a family.
– Female Recipient who has played for the club for seven years.
She says: “I know you need everyone on the team to play their best to win. If you lose, it is never just one player’s fault. You win as team and lose as a team. I have always represented the club the best I can. I play hard and I am proud to where the SLSG uniform. I have always played for Scott Gallagher and the Soccer Park is like a second home. I feel like everyone there is family. Everyone knows me and I know him or her.”
– Male Recipient who has played for the club for two years.
He says: “This scholarship would be a great help to me and my family. I think this scholarship is great not just for me but for all the other kids that are talented but their families don’t necessarily have the money to pay. Scott Gallagher is more than just a club; it’s a family that’s always there for you. It’s a club that lets you enjoy yourself as a player on the pitch. A club that’s passionate for soccer as much as I am is what makes this club so special.”
– Male Recipient who has played for the club for three years.
In his words: “You have to respect your coaches and your teammates. I plan to be the best soccer player I can so the younger kids look up to me. One time I stood up for my friend when he was bullied in school. I should always stand up for my beliefs and my friends. It’s the right thing to do.”
– Female Recipient who has played for the club for two years.
“I’m always looking forward to my practices and games. I enjoy watching older kids and professional soccer and to see what levels I might be at one day. New experiences will help me improve as a goalie. I like the commitment and support the club gives to me to better myself as a player and a individual.”
– The final honorees are brothers. They are both in their first year with SLSG.
Their mom states: “My husband’s greatest fear is that his death would be an excuse for them not to work hard. For them to be victims, and look for special treatment. But they haven’t done that. They moved to Illinois, made friends, worked hard at school, and drive 2 hours to soccer practice. We’ve come such a long way…and we have a long way to go.
“Before I would never ask for help. Now we, as a family, understand the gift accepting help. It’s simple. This club saved my boys by giving them a place. And the coaches have been incredible mentors, and teammates have been incredible friends and supporters.”
If you have any questions, please email Kip Thompson.
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