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 Arens is a graduate from Princeton High School. She plans to attend University of Minnesota Duluth, to pursue a career in medical research. Sydney was introduced to soccer at the age of six. Her love for the sport quickly grew and it became her passion. Sydney has played with Princeton Youth Soccer Association for many years and most recently with Three Rivers Soccer Association. She also played on her school’s varsity soccer team for the past three years and was captain this past season. When Sydney is not playing soccer, she enjoys playing music with the Symphonic Winds and Jazz Ensemble. She also served as the Vice President of the National Honor Society and Vice President of the Student Council. Sydney made a commitment to volunteer a minimum of two hours every week in the community through numerous organizations and plans to honor that commitment throughout college. Through soccer, Sydney has learned determination, to never give up, how to accept constructive criticism, sportsmanship, loyalty and how to work together as a team to reach a common goal. These life skills will also help her find success in the next chapter of her life.
Gabriel Bensaad-Johnson graduated from Spring Lake Park High School. This fall, he will attend University of Minnesota Twin Cities with plans to major pre-medicine and ultimately become a doctor. Gabriel has played high level soccer for many years and played Premiere for all six age levels with North Suburban Soccer Association. He has participated in the Olympic Development Program and advanced to the Minnesota State Pool numerous years. Gabriel also played high school soccer for Spring Lake Park and received numerous accolades in the high school soccer realm. His talents on the field are a direct result of the time and dedication he puts in on the practice field and in his studies of the game. Gabriel has many achievements outside of soccer. He was an AP Scholar, took fifth place in a Minnesota mathematics competition and won the Minnesota Music Teachers Association State Piano competition. Gabriel was also a member of Student Council, Math Team, Knowledge Bowl and Varsity Honors Band. He logged numerous volunteer hours with Feed My Starving Children, was a volunteer in the Emergency Department at Unity Hospital and participated in various community service activities as a member of National Honor Society. Gabriel has been praised for his good individual work ethic, dedication and a strong ability to work with others. 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.