This scholarship is a lasting tribute to Mike Warter, a true pioneer for women’s soccer in Minnesota. This fund will be a reminder to all, of Mike’s commitment to the development of players by nurturing good play, good friendships, better facilities, proficient coaching and the happiest of times for all participants.
Mike Warter made his presence known on the Minnesota soccer scene for more than 25 years. One of Mike’s primary goals was to help female soccer players obtain college scholarships. In order to achieve that goal, he believed the players had to be seen. To attain this, Mike developed a local Minneapolis park team into one of Minnesota’s Premier girls’ teams, Sota Soccer. With this club he worked hard to travel outside the state of Minnesota to face stiffer competition. Mike was described as a “player’s coach”, being there for his players both on the field and off, in good times and more importantly, in bad. Mike’s work did not end with Sota Soccer. He was a pioneer at the University of Minnesota, coaching their club team for nine years including a National Club championship in 1988. Former University President, Mark Yudof, stated in a letter to the family, “He was a mentor and role model for many student athletes.” Mike was inducted into the MYSA Hall of Fame in 2007.
The Mike Warter Scholarship is awarded annually to one male and one female Minnesota soccer player who is registered to a MYSA affiliated club and is a graduating high school senior. The scholarship is a $500 tuition award that is to be used toward expenses at an accredited college, university or community college.
The application process closed Tuesday, April 30, 2013. Questions can be directed to Katie Blanchette at 952-252-0227 (800-366-6972) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tax deductible donations to the Mike Warter Scholarship Fund can be sent to:
The Mike Warter Scholarship Fund
c/o Minnesota Youth Soccer Association
11577 Encore Circle
Minnetonka, MN 55343
Upon receipt of your donation, MYSA will issue you a letter of acknowledgement for your contribution.