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.
Sydney Seim graduated from Blaine High School. She will be attending University of Wisconsin at Madison with plans to pursue a career in chemical engineering. Sydney has been playing soccer since U9 for the Blaine Soccer Club and North Metro Thunder. During her high school career she earned All-Conference Honorable Mention, All Conference, Team Offensive MVP and was named captain. This summer she will also continue refereeing and coaching before heading to school
Outside of athletics Sydney is also involved in the National Honor Society, Student Council, Center for Engineering Mathematics and Science program and Bengal Pride. Bengal Pride is a student-run leadership group aimed towards helping incoming freshman transition from middle school to high-school. Sydney is the co-chair of the marketing committee where she helps raise money for future leaders. Outside of school she is a Vacation Bible School group leader and volunteers at her local Animal Humane Society.
Sydney is an extraordinary leader, both on and off the soccer field. She has learned that hard work ethic, commitment and dedication are essential to achieving goals and overcoming obstacles. Her academic drive combined with her vision for the future, will make her a success.
Qomoo Atomsa is a graduate from Totino Grace High School and will be attending North Dakota State University. His career goal is to become a dentist. Qomoo has been playing soccer since he was six years old. For the last four years he has played for the Rebels Soccer Club. He also played on the Totino Grace High School Varsity team.
Qomoo has found a passion for serving others. His parents emigrated from Ethiopia twenty years ago because of political persecution. He now coaches young Oromo kids (ethnic Ethiopians) in the neighborhood and teaches them how to play soccer. He has been working with this program for the past three summers. He also volunteers his time to tutor less fortunate students at Prodeo Academy and volunteers with Feed My Starving Children on a regular basis.
Qomoo has been praised for his strong desire to serve others 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.