Each year, MWYF awards scholarships for excellence and improvement on and off the court. Since our inception in 1996, more than $1 million in scholarships dollars have been awarded.
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 1996. The Student Athlete of the Year also serves as a representative of the Foundation for the year.
Sherry Murray "Extra Mile" Scholarships
Sherry Murray "Extra Mile" scholarships have been presented each year to deserving members who have gone the “extra mile” in one or more areas: on the court, improving grades, attitudes and sportsmanship, solid academic performance, community service or other areas.
Every few years, we have a student athlete who is exceptional both inside and outside of the program. They win scholarships most years and also have a wealth of external volunteer work while maintaining an exceptionally high GPA. This award is presented ONLY at the recommendation of the Founder, MaliVai Washington and has only been presented a handful of times in MWYF history
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.
Keshell & Keyonna brown memorial scholarship
This scholarship is in memory of Keshell & Keyonna Brown, charter members of the TnT program, and is a competitive opportunity for female students in grades 8-11. Keshell and Keyonna were brutally murdered in November 2013.
Rick Murray “Don’t Quit” scholarship
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 previously served as a member of our Board of Directors.
eTHAN STRONG SCHOLARSHIP
On December 29, 2014, Ethan Benjamin Deveaux was born, 17 weeks early and weighing only 1 pound, 1 ounce. 45 days later, this little fighter took his last breath. In Ethan’s memory, his parents, Derek and Prudence Deveaux, established this $4,500 scholarship to “Pay It Forward”. The recipient of this award participates in community service and random acts of kindness while also serving as an Ethan Strong Ambassador delivering care packages to new NICU moms and their babies.
Carol hadley community service award
Carol Hadley is a long-time supporter of and advocate for the Foundation. For more than fifteen years, she has served as the volunteer liaison for the AT&T Pioneers. This award is presented to students who demonstrate the same enthusiasm for giving back to the community.
Kaleb Johnson Scholar award
The Kaleb Johnson Scholar Award is funded by Delores Barr Weaver and is a competitive opportunity for male students in grades 8-11. Kaleb graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelor’s in Psychology and has played in the NFL with the Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns, Arizona Cardinals, and Kansas City Cheifs.
iMethods Meaningful Work Scholarship
The iMethods Meaningful Work Scholarship is presented to juniors and seniors who participate in a six session career preparation course including an in-person interview at the iMethods office.
Take Stock in CHildren program
The Take Stock in Children program partners students between 6th and 9th grade with mentors that meet with students once a week as well as a College Success Coach who provides college coaching, organizes college readiness workshops, and monitors students’ academic performance.