Scholarship Fund

The tournament supports the NAO/GO Scholarship Fund in partnership with U.S. SQUASH, which provides financial assistance to participants in urban squash programs as they elect to attend private secondary schools or college.  The urban squash programs around the United States provide substantial academic support for kids who also play squash. For many of these young men and women private secondary school or college is a significant next step that can only be possible with financial aid – especially now as many academic institutions are reducing financial aid programs. The NAO/GO Fund will make an important difference in the education of these young men and women as a result of the generous support of tournament patrons.

NAO/GO SCHOLARSHIP FUND COMMITTEE
John Burke ~ Tim George ~ Kevin Klipstein ~ Steve Scharff ~ Britta Scott ~ Greg Zaff

2018-2019 – Report on the NAO/GO Scholarship Fund

After another successful Chilton North American Open Doubles and Greenwich Open Championships in January 2018, US Squash is pleased to provide an update on the important fund this tournament established.  The NAO/GO Scholarship Fund, founded in 2010, has made a substantial impact on the lives of young people from inner-city communities who participate in urban squash programs.

The thoughtfulness that led to the founding of this fund is something we at US Squash are proud to help facilitate and be a part of.

Grants from the NAO/GO Scholarship Fund are meant to supplement and enhance the scholarship funding that urban squash student-athletes receive from their programs, the beneficiary’s school and other sources. This financial assistance is provided as the students elect to attend private secondary schools or college. Specifically, the funding is intended to offset the tuition, room or board costs the student will incur, but has not received adequate funding from other grants or scholarships to cover.

Below is the distribution report for the NAO/GO Fund. The 2018 NAO/GO was an incredibly successful event netting a surplus of $36,366.

Distribution Summary:

NAO/GO FUND Distribution
   FY 10
   FY 11 $20,500
   FY 12 $20,500
   FY 13 $15,500
   FY 14 $15,500
   FY 15 $19,400
   FY 16 $25,885
   FY 17 $25,885
   FY 18 $25,885
   FY 19 $28,000
 TOTALS $197,055

The NAO/GO Fund, which to date has awarded nearly $200,000 in scholarships over the past eight years, make a life-changing difference in the education of these young men and women as a result of the generous support of tournament patrons. The fund has a current balance of $33,957. While I can certainly try to share the impact the fund has made, I think the 2018 recipients can say it best.

 Receiving the NAO/GO Scholarship Fund has allowed me to do what no one else in my family has done. It has allowed me to attend a private school and to receive one of the best educations in the country. The teachers were some of the most amazing, modest and brightest teachers I have ever encountered.

– Colesto Williams

 This scholarship has meant everything to me and my family. It allowed me to experience college as a student-athlete and I couldn’t be more grateful for that opportunity. It impacted my academics in so many ways. I took courses that I hope to teach in the future because of how amazing they were and how much they influenced my own ideals. I made the Dean’s List twice and served as a TA for the Gender Studies department among other things and these things couldn’t be possible without this scholarship. This award helped me find my own field of work which is education. I am truly thankful to everyone who made this possible because now I can reciprocate the generosity and help educate and bring opportunities to children who share my background. I am eternally grateful that someone believed in me and saw that I could accomplish so much in college and I am proud to say that I did.”

– Lonsangela Batista

 “The scholarship has been a great help and support for my mother financially, which we are thankful for it. For me, it means more than that, I am very thankful for being able to use these funds to pay for my education. I will be a Senior next year and I couldn’t be more happier to give my best next year because I am this close to be the first to graduate in my family. Without the help of SquashBusters and NUSEA I would not be where I am today! Thank you so much”

– Juan Lopera

 “I see this scholarship as an opportunity and investment in my education. It has helped me continue with my studies and to push me to be my best self. I know that I have to work hard at everything that I do. This scholarship is something that I know will keep me striving to do well in school. Overall, this has been a life changing scholarship, and I want to thank US Squash for supporting me these past three years.”

– Leslie Cotrina

The 2018-2019 grant recipients were:

 

Student’s Name SEA Program School Year in School
 Leslie Cotrina Squash Haven Siena College Senior
 Juan Lopera SquashBusters Clark University Senior
 Katherine Leiva SquashBusters St. Lawrence Freshman
 Quaran Davis Racquet Up Hobart College Freshman
 David Felipe Kids on Point College of Charleston Freshman
 Nicole Granados City Squash Mt. Holyoke College Sophomore
 Genesis Granados City Squash Mt. Holyoke College Sophomore
 Starnisha Ramsey Racquet Up St. Lawrence Freshman
 Antonio Yerena Squash Haven St. Lawrence Freshman
 Denise Bonilla Squash Haven Connecticut College Sophomore
 Jesus Baez Tapia Impact 360 University of Denver Freshman

Clearly, the impact of the NAO/GO Scholarship Fund is tremendous and has changed the lives of deserving young people. US Squash is proud to provide this report and be a part of this program that has the ability to change the lives of SEA program participants.

Submitted by: Kevin D. Klipstein, President & CEO

 

 

 

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