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2016 Scholarship Winners


Georgia Soccer Board of Director Scholarship                                                                   

The Georgia Soccer Board of Directors scholarship acknowledges excellence both in the classroom and in extracurricular activities.  From a distinguished field of applicants, we are proud to announce the Board of Director scholarship winners:

Maria Curry

Parents are Tonya and Augustus Curry.

Maria is a graduate of Starr’s Mill High School, a member of the ’98 AFC Lightning Premier and a ref for multiple clubs.  Maria graduated high school with a 4.28 weighted GPA, that included 9 AP courses.  She also managed a 2100 on the SAT and a 32 on the ACT.

Off the field Maria has a LONG list of accomplishments that include:

  • 2015-2016 Starr’s Mill Student Body President
  • National Honor Society
  • National Beta Club
  • Debate Team, Math Team
  • Georgia Governor’s Honors Program – multiple years, multiple subjects
  • AP Scholar with Distinction
  • Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Award
  • Georgia Certificate of Merit recipient
  • Girl Scout of America Gold and Silver Award Recipient
  • Math Tutor


Maria will enroll this Fall in the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania to study Business and International affairs.

Mitchell McCurry

Parents are Tim and Myra Lynn McCurry

Mitchell, a player for Concorde Fire Elite, graduated from Duluth High School.  While taking 12 AP classes, Mitchel achieved a 4.32 GPA and score a 1430 on the SAT including a near perfect 770 on the Math portion.

On the pitch Mitchell has been a member of the ODP program, a member of an RPL Championship team, a State Championship team and a Regional Semi-Finalist team.  For Duluth High School he was a captain, a Region Champion and helped win a Georgia State Championship.  He was all named his Region’s Defensive Player of the Year.

Off the pitch, Mitchell was also a 4 year member of the Duluth HS Varsity Swim Team where he was also a captain, a 3-yr member of the Duluth Leadership Team, a Beta Club Member, and a National Honor Society Member.

Mitchell will begin classes next month at Georgia Tech where he will major in Computer Science.


Georgia Soccer 2016 Rich Freeman Scholarship

The Rich Freeman Scholarship was created to honor the life of Rich Freeman, who believed in serving.  The scholarship honors those Georgia Soccer High School Seniors who excel through their demonstration and dedication to serve those in their communities.

We are proud to announce the 2016 winners:

Parker Campiglia

Parents Anne Conrad and Paul Campiglia.

Parker is a member of the UFA South Georgia 99 Premier team and a referee, who graduated from Valdosta High School.  Parker not only excelled through his contributions to the community, but in the classroom as well.  He managed to achieve a 4.32, ranked 1rst in his class, with 8 IB courses and scored 1360 on the SAT.  Parker was a member of Valdosta’s Varsity Soccer and Varsity Cheer squads.

Parker has participated in MANY youth leadership programs both as a participant and leader.  He also participated with Valdosta’s Math Team, National Academic Bowl Team, Beta Club, Interact Club, National Debate Team, and model UN.

Away from school, Parker has been a literacy volunteer, a volunteer with Keep Valdosta/Lowndes Beautiful, a volunteer for Second Harvest and a facilitator for Special Olympics.  However, his largest contributions to the community have come through his years with the Boy Scouts Troop 415 in Valdosta and with the Lowndes Youth Leadership league.  As a Boy Scout he has achieved Eagle Scout distinction with 4 palms.  He was an Eagle Scout Project leader, where he led a group of scouts to plan, design, fund and create a sensory room for children with autism to use at the Scottish Rite Speech Therapy Clinic.  He then, the following year, was part of a group of students that developed a sensory room for disabled children at Valdosta Middle School.  They created video to show the process at

Parker will enroll at Georgia Tech this fall and major in Business

Braelyn DiNino

Parents Tia and Joey DiNino

Braelyn participated with Henry County Soccer and graduated from OLA High School with a 3.79 GPA.  Braelyn was a 4 year member of the OLA Varsity High School Soccer Team, named Junior of the Year, a member of the Homecoming Court.

Outside of school the list of activities is immense and included but not limited to the Family Career and Community Leaders, Volunteer Referee at Sharon Baptist Church, Sunday School Teacher at Stockbridge UMC, multiple mission trips to Guatemala, Camp Winshape, 1rst grade classroom volunteer.

What really separated Braelyn from the field were her recommendations.  All highlighted her unmatched compassion for people and children, citing her work in Guatemala with disabled students, her participation in positive change programs at Camp Winshape, her teaching of soccer to special education students the an Early Childhood Preschool Program, and her work through a work-based learning program that put her in to assist students in a first grade classroom for a year.

Fittingly, Braelyn will enroll at Kennesaw State University where she will major in Education.