Each year, MWYF awards scholarships for excellence and improvement on and off the court. Since 1997, more than $650,000 in scholarships has been awarded. The MaliVai Washington Youth Foundation awards various types of scholarships.
George M. Soper Memorial Trophy & Student Athlete of the Year Award
This scholarship is presented to the member who has the best “all around achievements” for the year: on the court in the classroom and in the community. This award is sponsored by the Soper Family in memory of their father, George, who was an active part of the ATP Tour Family and a friend of MaliVai’s before his death in 1996. The award has been presented to one student each year since our program’s inception in 1997. The Student Athlete of the Year also serves as a representative of the Foundation for the year.
Extra Effort Awards
Extra Effort scholarships have been presented each year to deserving members who have made an “extra effort” in one or more areas: on the court, improving grades, attitudes and sportsmanship, solid academic performance, community service or other areas.
The Founder’s Award is awarded at the “founder’s option” (MaliVai) to a young person who has shown exceptional dedication and commitment to tennis, their studies and MWYF. Generally, the member has previously won a “Student Athlete of the Year Award” and has been a member of the Foundation for a minimum of eight years.
Rick Murray “Don’t Quit” Award
The Rick Murray “Don’t Quit” award was established in 2008 by Rick’s wife Sherry and children, Allison, Scott and Mark to present to student athletes who do not give up in spite of any odds they face. Rick fought a nearly 10-year battle with ALS and during that time was a constant force raising funds for both MWYF and ALS. Rick’s motto was “Don’t Quit, Rick Won’t.” Rick attended numerous gala’s and other fundraisers and previously served as a member of our Board of Directors.
Charlie Rice “Fire Up” Award
The Charlie Rice “Fire Up” Award was established in 2010 to honor the memory of Charlie Rice and is presented to one senior who is “fired up” about college.
Zoe Gaudet Scholarship
The Zoe Gaudet Scholarship was presented for the first time in 2011. It is awarded to one or more seniors who are serious about continuing their eduation.
By partnering with organizations like Take Stock in Children the MaliVai Washington Youth Foundation is able to offer a wide variety of scholarships to students participating in our programs.