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.
Katelyn Marthaler graduated from Blaine High School and will be attending UW-River Falls with plans to pursue a career in occupational therapy. Katelyn has been playing soccer since U8 for the Blaine Soccer Club and will play one last summer on the U19 team. She was also varsity captain at Blaine High School and received all-conference recognition her senior year. She has also worked as a Little Kicker Coach since 2012 to train 3- and 4-year-olds and help them gain interest in soccer.
Other special interests of hers include belonging to Outdoor Adventures. This program introduces youth to the outdoors and nature. Trap shooting and a four-day winter trek have been highlights from the program. She is also a member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Health Occupations Students of America which helps young adults get involved and foster their interest in medical careers. Katelyn also works as a personal care assistant and found a passion to work as an occupational therapist.
Soccer has played a role in developing Katelyn’s character, leadership skills and positive attitude. She hopes these life skills and soccer talent will also help her find success in the next chapter of her life.
Jonathan Mullen is a graduate from Andover High School and will be attending the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His career goal is to work in robotics or artificial intelligence. Jonathan has been playing soccer since the second grade and has been part of the North Metro Soccer Association from U12–U18. He also was the starting goalkeeper in 2014 for his high school team.
Outside of athletics Jonathan is involved in music, National Honor Society, math team and climbing crew through school. As a member of the National Honor Society, he has participate in many community service and fundraising events including serving as the committee chair for one event. When he is not in school, Jonathan is a part of the Youth Usher Ministry and a member of Boy Scout Troop 524. In 2013 he was voted by his fellow scouts as the Order of the Arrow. As an Order of the Arrow member he goes on additional camping trips and participates in camp restoration projects.
Jonathan has been honored for this 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 this 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.