2019 Scholarship Recipients


The 2019 academic scholarships rewarded soccer players’ sportsmanship and character and those who demonstrate a high level of respect for themselves, their teammates, and their opponents; for the coaches on both sides; for the referees; and for the game of soccer.


We are proud to announce the 2019 EDP Foundation Scholarship Recipients. The Scholarships Committee painstakingly read through applications from over 200 dedicated high school students who wished to further their education and for whom soccer is a way of life.

Applicants submitted a soccer resume, essay, and letter(s) of recommendation from their coach(es). Six worthy candidates were each awarded a $2,500 academic scholarship.



Olivia Carriero

Player at South Central Premier - Spirit
Student at Notre Dame Catholic High School of Fairfield
Attending Kenyon College

I have been playing soccer my whole life. The game has given me character and molded me into the person I am today. It has helped me meet lifelong friends and great mentors who I can always count on.

It seems only fitting that soccer is continuing to play a major role in my life by helping me fund my next level of education. It goes to show that soccer is more than just a game.

Kathleen Rivera

Player at FC BUCKS ECNL 2001
Student at Bensalem High School
Attending Old Dominion University

By participating in soccer I learned what determination, commitment and work can accomplish. This scholarship from the EDP Foundation will allow me to continue to develop as a person, player and a member of the community. My goal is to show children with Dyslexia and ADHD that you can succeed if you put aside your differences and persevere through any challenges. Thank you EDP and the EDP Foundation for all the opportunities to play the sport I love in a highly competitive manner and thank you for the scholarship to continue on my journey.

Megan Connor

Player at SAC Showcase Premier
Student at Oakdale High School
Attending University of Maryland

Playing soccer in the EDP National League gave me the opportunity to play at a high level against quality teams. This helped build my character as a good teammate and respect towards my opponent as well as helping me reach my goal of becoming a student/athlete and playing soccer at the Division I level. Seeing the EDP Foundation acknowledge character, respect, and sportsmanship is first class. Thank you EDP Foundation for providing financial assistance to those with these types of characteristics.

Gabe Dunn

Player at Salisbury United Soccer Club U19
Student at James M Bennett High School
Attending Salisbury University

EDP has been a great league to be a part of throughout my years of club soccer and being a part of this scholarship program exemplifies the important aspects and opportunities EDP and the EDP Foundation can provide you with.

Nael Guerrier

Player at Florida Wolves FC
Student at Berean Christian School
Attending Palm Beach Atlantic University

I came across this scholarship just by scrolling down Facebook. Because of my love and passion for Soccer I decided to go for it. Then while writing my cover letter, I realized that soccer is so much more than a sport, it defines you as human being. The values instilled in me by this sport will guide my way through life. I am happy and proud that I was selected. Thank you.

Joseph Kayal

Player at Mahwah Raiders Soccer Club
Student at Mahwah High School
Attending Rowan University

Soccer has been the most important thing in my life, and I will continue to play, watch, and love the sport forever. Soccer is not just a game, it's a lifestyle that teaches you very important life lessons which can be used in all aspects of life.