The Mike Warter Scholarship is awarded annually to one male and one female Minnesota soccer player who is registered to an 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.
This scholarship is a lasting tribute to Mike Warter, a true pioneer for women's soccer in Minnesota. This fund is a reminder 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.
Makenna Sullivan graduated from Saint Francis High School. This fall, she will attend Eastern Kentucky University with plans to major in biomedical engineering. Makenna started playing soccer at the age of five and throughout the years, has worked her way up from Classic 2 to Classic 1 to Premier. She has played with the North Metro Soccer Association and Minnesota Thunder Academy East. Makenna also played on her high school soccer team and earned all-conference each year and named captain her junior and senior year.
Makenna is also a leader off the soccer field. She was a member of National Honor Society and volunteered with Youth Teaching Youth and the Student Leadership Ambassador program. Through soccer, she gave back to the youth in her community by becoming a referee where she helped new soccer players learn the rules of the game and volunteered with The Sanneh Foundation offering free soccer camps for at-risk children.
Soccer has played a role in developing Makenna’s character, leadership skills and positive attitude. These life skills and soccer talent will also help her find success in the next chapter of her life.
Iver Cleveland is a graduate from Apple Valley High School. He plans to attend Iowa State University to pursue a career in chemical engineering. Iver has played with the Dakota Rev Soccer Club for many years, three of them serving as captain. He also was starting goalkeeper for the Apple Valley High School soccer team and is a Grade 8 referee.
In addition to soccer, Iver was on the Apply Valley High School swim team and qualified for sections three consecutive years. He was also very involved in the Apply Valley High School music program, playing alto and baritone saxophone. Iver was a member of National Honor Society serving thirty-six hours of community service projects. He was also selected as a student representative for the City of Burnsville Parks and Natural Resource Commission where he participated in city council meetings and planning projects.
Iver has been praised for his hard work ethic and respectable character. No barrier is too high, nor any obstacle too difficult for him to tackle. These values will carry him far in his future pursuits.
MYSA, the Mike Warter Scholarship Committee and the Mike Warter family would like to thank all the applicants and congratulate these fine young athletes and wish them continued success in their future endeavors.