Each year San Bruno AYSO awards up one,two or rare cases three College Scholarships to deserving AYSO U-19 players who have demonstrated a commitment to volunteer service, community support and academics. In 2013, each recipients receives $1000 scholarships to go toward books, tution or other college expenses.
2015 Winners: Natalie Estelita, Emily Cotla & Samantha Campanelli
2014 Winners: no applicants this year
2013 Winners : Veronica Diaz & Eric Yip
2012 Winners : Vanessa Diaz
2011 Winners : Jessica Shelton, Megan Estelita & Katryna Dillard
2009 Winners : Grace Lutrell & Kaity Navarro
2008 Winners : Amanda Estelita
Natalie Estelita has many qualities that make a person well rounded. She is a competitor on the turf and use her skills at soccer with determination. She has given back to the community by volunteering multiple helping with sign-ups, snack bar and most importantly setting an example by being a youth referee for other soccer players and their parents. She has been involved in the community supporting the local Leo’s Club (Lyon’s Club) and also with Girl Scouts by working food drives, fund raising, cancer walks and so many more. Natalie is has also been a leader in school since middle school traveling abroad to Japan representing the City of San Bruno and through high school all while maintaining a high GPA level. She has also been a team captain and played multiple sports throughout her high school years. Natalie is a great example of why San Bruno AYSO created this award for our graduating players.
Emily Cotla has many qualities that make a person well rounded. She has a been a longtime volunteer in San Bruno AYSO. She has assisted teaching the younger youth soccer star at our SummerKicks camps. She has also been a long time Turkey Tournament volunteer as a Field Marshall. Emily has volunteered in her community helping the Lyon’s with their events, the SSF Police department wrap gifts and has volunteer for other organizations like St. Anthony’s. In school Emily has participated in many leadership activities including Sojourn to the Past and working with her fellow students to change things around her school. While not on the injured reserve list, she has participated in different sports and was also in several clubs including the Yearbook Class pulling together this year’s book. While initially planning on attending CSM, we encourage Emily to follow on to one of her dream schools to become a Registered Nurse.
Samantha Campanelli has volunteered in an several AYSO events. She is a good a good example of working hard for her community and setting an example for many adults even as she participated in youth sports. She was a field marshall for the San Bruno Turkey Tournament. She also worked hard in school and maintained good standing with her grades and also demonstrated leadership qualities helping to organize donated toys at the local firehouse as well as volunteering as a reader at the local library
Veronica Diaz comes from a family with a strong background in all these areas. Not only has she been a part of Capuchino sports and AYSO, she volunteered in several AYSO activities including helping the Under 5 program as a volunteer and recruiting others to help as well, Summer Kicks coach providing soccer instruction to youth players and helping at other AYSO functions. She volunteered her time during several Turkey Tournament as Field marshal getting up early to setup of the fields and staying late into the dark hour for clean up. She also demonstrated community service by volunteering as a youth peer tutorin The Summer Bridge program. In school she took as many advanced classes possible in the first two years and then IB classes in her junior and senior year and is recognized as a National Hispanic scholar. Veronica plans on majoring in child and adolescent development adn psychology.
Eric Yip is a leader on the planning the field in two ways, as a long time San Bruno AYSO soccer player and long time die hard referee. Eric has coached in the Under 5 program for multiple years. His referee experience extends beyond San Bruno, refereeing in several tournaments around the greater Bay Area including our own Turkey Tournament. Eric has volunteered for his local youth recreation center with prominent roles in summer camp and with the Junior Giants for seven years as a player, coach and umpire. Eric has been in the leadership program at Capuchino and as you know is currently your Senior Class Vice President helping to pull together dances, fund raisers and rallies. Eric has also demonstrated excellence in school here as part of the IB program maintaining a high GPA and is also a member of the California Scholarship Federation. Eric is planning on getting a master and wants to focus in social work, speech pathology or counseling eventually opening a business that helps children in need.