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Mike Warter College Scholarship

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 2019 application process closed April 26, 2019. Questions can be directed to Katie Kubista at 952-252-0227 (800-366-6972) or


Tax deductible donations to the Mike Warter Scholarship Fund can be sent to:

The Mike Warter Scholarship Fund
c/o Minnesota Youth Soccer Association
10890 Nesbitt Ave S, Bloomington MN 55437

Upon receipt of your donation, MYSA will issue you a letter of acknowledgement for your contribution. 

Minnesota Youth Soccer players Ava Zoschke and Hayden Fisher are the recipients of the 2018 Mike Warter College Scholarships. The scholarships are awarded for post-secondary education. The two $500 scholarships are awarded based on community service, giving back to the game of soccer and to honor the memory of Mike Warter.

MYSA, the Mike Warter Scholarship committee and the Mike Warter family would like to thank all the applicants. Both Ava and Hayden have taken the important life lessons that soccer offers its participants and given back to the game and their communities. Minnesota Youth Soccer is proud to remember Mike Warter by contributing to the lives of these young adults and wish them continued success in their future endeavors.

2018 Recipient: Ava Zoschke

Ava Zoschke is a graduate of Blaine High School. She will be attending Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif. with plans to pursue a career as a neurologist. Ava began playing club soccer at U10 for Blaine Soccer Club and was also selected to the Blaine High School soccer team has a freshman. She had a decorated career playing in four straight section finals, a State Tournament appearance in 2015, named captain her senior year and received All Conference and All State. This summer she is playing for the U19 Premier North Metro Hurricanes.

Ava has also found ways to give back to the soccer community. She is a trainer for I41, which is a technical and fitness training program. All I41 funds raised go back to the Blaine Bengals to help support the high school program. She is also the Lakeville Soccer Club volunteer coordinator. In this role, she helps create sign-ups for events and tournaments on the website and organizes onsite help. Ava enjoys interacting with all the different people involved in the soccer world.

In addition to soccer, Ava is a member of the National Honor Society, was Student Council President and also served on Bengal Pride which is a group that helps transition incoming freshman into high school over the summer. Soccer has played a role in developing Ava’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.

2018 Recipient: Hayden Fischer

Hayden Fischer is a graduate of Lakeville South High School. He plans to attend the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities to earn a degree in either chemical or mechanical engineering. Hayden’s career goal is to help the environment by finding effective ways to improve water quality.

Hayden has been involved with soccer since the age of five. He was captain of the LSHS Cougars his senior year and received three South Suburban Conference titles for academic honors throughout his career. Aside from high school soccer, he also plays for REV Soccer Club. His team was crowned State Champions in the 2015–2016 season. Hayden has also coached soccer and been a group leader for the annual Lakeville Soccer Tots Camp.

Outside of athletics, Hayden has played piano for the past 11 years. He volunteers his time to play recitals for nursing homes and was selected to play at the Honor’s Concert for Music Teachers National Association state piano competition. He was awarded a Gold Cup at the National Federation of Music Clubs competition after receiving three superiors in music. Hayden is a member of the National Honor Society and completed over 100 hours of community service work. He also enjoys hunting, fishing and hiking and his love for the outdoors is what fuels his passion to help the environment.

Hayden has been praised for his work ethic, dedication and a strong ability to work with others. These values will carry him far in his future pursuits.