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Post Secondary Scholarships and Sponsorships

MVSA Scholarships and Sponsorships for High School Seniors


MVSA wants to recognize its student athletes who have made significant contributions in high school academics and athletics. Scholarships and sponsorship grants are available to qualified applicants, to be used for college expenses or for participation in post-high school activities such as the Minnesota High School Senior All Star Series. MVSA players may apply for both a scholarship and a sponsorship.

Requests from members are reviewed and approved by the MVSA board. No funds for scholarships and sponsorships come from members' registration fees. Instead, funding is from sources such as gate fees for tournaments, concessions, field rental, and donations.

Each year, the MVSA board of directors approves a total amount for the scholarships and sponsorships. This amount cannot exceed the non-registration fee income from the prior year. One-time grants up to $500 can be made. If requests from qualified applicants exceed the annual budget total, then the total budget will be divided among the qualified candidates.

Eligibility for Scholarship
A candidate must:

  • have been an MVSA member in good standing for the past three years
  • be academically eligible
  • play high school softball in her senior year of high school
  • have been involved with youth clinics, coaching, and/or umpiring during her MVSA career (and not just in her senior year)
  • have applied and been accepted to a post secondary school 

How to Apply for a MVSA Post Secondary Scholarship or for the All Star Series Sponsorship

An application form is made available to qualified players.  For scholarships, send the application and one page letter of why you should be considered for the MVSA's scholarship program to the MVSA Board of Directors by April 15. The board will review all requests and notify applicants whether their requests were approved and for what dollar amount. Whenever possible, the checks will be presented to recipients at their high school softball banquets and/or high school scholarship awards ceremonies. For sponsorships, submit the application as soon as the opportunity becomes available (such as being named to a Minnesota High School Senior All Star Series team).

Please include with the application a one page letter of why you should be considered for the MVSA's scholarship program.  This will be read at the May board of directors meeting.

Scholarship Recipients



Janelle Labey - Anoka Ramsey Community College
Claire Hoye - South Dakota State University
Amberly Langer - Winona State University
Grace Sventek - University of Wisconsin, Madison
Caitlyn Teske - Bethel
Toni Van House - University of Minnesota


Sadie Hanzalik- Bethel University
Courtney Blumer- Cardinal Stritch Universty
Laesia Jiminez- MN State Mankato
Carolyn Harrington- College of St.Benedict


Marissa Peschel-
University Of Minnesota
Jeanna Lavalle- University Of Minnesota
Abbey Witham- Saint Benedict College


Becky Volkert- Minnesota State University Moorhead


Amy Irving- Winona State University
Brooke Olson- Texas Christian University
Brooklyn Sherrill- Arizona State University
Claire VanBuren- University of St. Thomas
Erin O'Dougherty- University of Wisconsin River Falls
Jacky Volkert- University of St. Thomas
Maddy Lavalle- University of Wisconsin Eau Claire
Maggie Schley- College of St. Scholastica
Megan Montero- University of Minnesota
Sydney Meyer- Winona State University
Tess Martin- Humbolt State University


Carissa Struve- Augsburg College
Ashley Linn- University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus
Kelsey Murphy- University of Wisconsin-Madison
Laura Wessberg- Anoka Ramsey Community College


Maddie Gorman- Auburn University
Jessica Mularie- Minnesota State University- Mankato
Megan Pomeroy- Minnesota State University- Mankato
Krista Puhl- St. Cloud State University
Taylor Linn- Concordia, St. Paul
Kathryn Larson- Bethel University


Megan Danielson - Gustavus Adolphus College
Carly Eichten - University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus
Lauren Hurley - Augsburg
Hallie Schley - University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus


Sarah Birkholz - Macalester
Taylor Daas - Morningside
Nikki Healy - St. Kate's 
Erica Meyer - University of Minnesota Twin Cities Campus
Caroline Ponessa - St. Olaf


Julie Bakos - St. Benedict
Ashley Bye - Iowa State
Anna Gorman - St. Olaf
Kathryn Hoyme - Virginia Tech
Riley Mooney - Waldorf College
Rebekah Roth - Concordia, St. Paul
Jyll Tusa - Michigan Tech


Alyese Smith Luther College
Sarah Lundeen UW River Falls


Michelle Brunn  Mankato State University
Emily Gorman  University of Notre Dame
Leah Komarec  Northwestern Health Sciences University
Katie Kruse  Mankato State University
Andrea Nisler  Drake University
Rose Tusa  University of Wisconsin - River Falls


Erin Bennek Upper Iowa University
Kaley Burns University of Wisconsin - Madison
Sammie Howard University of Minnesota


Brenna Healy Hamline University
Jenna Johnson Gustavus Adolphus University
Amber Roth University of North Dakota 

Sponsorship Recipients

 2015 ($225 for Minnesota High School All Star Series)

Maggie Schley

 2012 ($225 for Minnesota High School All Star Series)

Hallie Schley

2010 ($225 for Minnesota High School All Star Series)

Rebekah Roth

2008 ($225 for Minnesota High School All Star Series)

Rose Tusa

2007 ($225 each for Minnesota High School All Star Series)

Erin Bennek
Sammie Howard

2006 ($225 each for Minnesota High School All Star Series)

Jenna Johnson
Amber Roth