Exceptional Youth Scholarship Winners

The Foundation for Global Sports Development Awards $100,000 in Scholarships to the Class of 2022

The foundation’s Exceptional Youth Scholarship recognizes students for their accomplishments in the classroom and community.

This year, The Foundation for Global Sports Development continues its tradition of supporting academic achievement by awarding $10,000 Exceptional Youth Scholarships to ten outstanding students.

The scholarships are conferred to graduating high school seniors who excel in school and community service involvement. The award helps defray tuition, housing, books, and other on-campus related expenses at accredited four-year colleges and universities in the United States. 

“We had over 250 applications for our Exceptional Youth Scholarship this cycle,” said Dr. Steven Ungerleider, executive board member for the foundation. “Every applicant should be commended. These students faced a challenge no cohort before them ever has: staying dedicated to their studies in a world turned upside down by changing Covid protocols. They dealt with online schooling, and once back in the classroom, remained focused on their work despite the potential of catching, or transmitting, a serious virus.”

David Ulich, executive board member of GSD, said “Education is one of our core values and these students’ commitment to academic excellence as a path to higher education is admirable. We’re honored to support the Exceptional Youth Scholarship recipients as they continue their journey.”

The selection committee looked beyond academics to also consider financial need, community service, leadership, and personal experiences.

GSD’s 2022 Exceptional Youth Scholarship winners are:

  • Dikshya Dulal – Licking Heights High School (Blacklick, OH) – Ohio State University
  • Bethany Gillespie – Northwood High School (Toledo, OH) – Ohio State University
  • Candace Kieffer – Effingham County High School (Springfield, GA) – University of Miami – Coral Gables
  • Alexis Medley – Meigs High School (Middleport, OH) – Ohio University
  • Casey Myers – Colorado Academy (Denver, CO) – Colorado State University
  • Riya Patel – Gatlinburg-Pittman High School (Pigeon Forge, TN) – Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Alexander Riddle – Sequoyah High School (Canton, GA) – University of Georgia
  • Jennifer Rosillo Vargas – Healdsburg High School (Healdsburg, CA) – California Polytechnic State University 
  • Sarah Simmons – Onslow Early College High School (Jacksonville, NC) – North Carolina State University
  • Marterrio Ward – Winton Woods High School (Cincinnati, OH) – Ohio State University


To learn more about the Exceptional Youth Scholarship and The Foundation for Global Sports Development, please visit their website at www.GlobalSportsDevelopment.org.