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Lily Nisen Scholarship

Lily Nisen Scholarship

Lily Nisen played soccer for many years with AYSO, graduated from Davis High School in 2003, and attended San Diego State University. Her life was taken from her in San Diego on Memorial Day weekend, 2004. Since that time, many families have made contributions to AYSO to fund scholarships in Lily's name.
Download the 2020 Lily Nisen scholarship application.

In selecting recipients of the scholarships, the awards committee would like to recognize individuals who share some of the following of Lily’s characteristics: prowess and skill on the soccer field, unselfishness, good sportsmanship and positive attitude. Although circumstances were not always ideal, she persevered and excelled.

The Award
• A total award of $2500 will be awarded to one, or divided between two applicants.   

Eligibility Criteria
• Must be a Davis resident, and have played with Davis AYSO in the U14 or older division(s).
• Must be planning to attend a college, technical or vocational school or other bona fide training program the school year following high school graduation.
• Financial need will be an important consideration
Application Submission Requirements
• Applicants must complete the application form and include the one page personal statement  specified in the application.  
• Personal statement must be specific to prompt in light of AYSO.  
• Applicants must submit both of the following (will be kept confidential and shredded post-selection):
- Copy of your Free Application for Federal Student Aid Award Statement(FAFSA).  
- A 2019 tax return (pages 1 & 2 of 1040 form only)
If parents are divorced, submit the 1040 form for the parent you lived with the most for the last 12 months.  If parent has remarried, also include your stepparent’s 1040 form.
- If neither is available,  
-Please submit your Free or Reduced Lunch Program qualification, 
-or contact Marguerite Fleming at [email protected]


The Davis High School Career Center has revised their due date for scholarship application due to distance learning happening for the rest of the current school year. 

Applications will be accepted by email to Julie Clayton ([email protected]) of the Davis High School Career Center, or by mail to the AYSO post office box (not to the DSHS Career Center). 

The new due date is .
• Applications must be submitted by Friday, May 1, 2020 to:  
Applications will be accepted by email to:

Julie Clayton ([email protected]) of the Davis High School Career Center

Or mailed to:  Lily Nisen Memorial Scholarship Committee, c/o AYSO, P.O. Box 1602, Davis, CA 95617

Selection and Award Process
• The award will be announced at the respective high school awards cerermony on June 2, 2020.   
• Awardees will receive scholarship checks after producing a class schedule or proof of tuition payment.   
• Funds will be managed by the Lily Nisen Memorial Scholarship Committee established by the Davis AYSO Board of Directors.    

Lily Nisen Scholarship Recipients

Davis AYSO has awarded academic scholarships to recognize the achievements, both on and off the soccer field, of current and former AYSO players:

2016 - Julia Kelsch and Megan Klisiewicz
2015 - Kelsey McMorrow and Marianna O'Brien 
2014 - Shelby Danzer, Luis Zepeda, Shelby Ziccardi 
2013 - Naji Dmeiri, Nicolas Seban, Kalani Ratnasiri, Margaret Starbuck
2012 - Matt Austin and Melecio Estrella
2011 - Pascel Polonik, Heather Karr, Joseph Roy
2010 - Shaila Bonanno, Kelsey Dedoshka, Rebecca Horn, Joeti Klein
2009 - Sebastien Cordier, Jessica Daggett, Devin Kelly, Morgan Cecil
2008 - Adriana Conrad-Forrest, Katherine Wieking, Caroline Hirst
2007 - Daniel Yates and Rachel Fulk
2006 - Caily Nelson, Cindy Rosenthal, Aaron Wedra
2005 - Amanda Walton, Danielle Crain, Trish Bettencourt

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