The Soccer Scholars Foundation's mission is to provide mentors and educational resource opportunities to First-Generation, and/or low-income, high-performing college bound student-athletes; so that they may use the sport of soccer, coupled with academics and valuable life-skills, to pursue post-secondary education opportunities.
Soccer Scholars Foundation was founded on the simple premise that low-income and first-generation college bound students can achieve at the same academic levels as their more affluent peers when given access to similar opportunities and resources.
Currently operating and based in Los Angeles, CA, SSF identifies young soccer talent throughout California and New York metropolitan area, who have the potential and desire to play college sports yet lack the academic, informational and leadership support to achieve that potential. SSF provides guidance through Mentors and Enrichment Programs - utilizing strategic partnerships, an online forum of shared resources, and unique opportunities for academic and personal development.
Our process includes all aspects of identifying, educating and supporting young athletes so that they are able to produce top-class performances across the spectrum of disciplines: mental acuity, personal growth and overall physical development of fitness and health. Through our offerings of Academic & Educational Resources and Personal Development programs for Scholars, SSF focuses on the development of the “complete” all-around student-athlete.
Who are “First-Generation” college students?
While there is no universal definition for "first-generation college student" and much of the research uses the definition "a student with neither parent having any education beyond high school," we choose to define a first-generation college student as "neither parent having graduated from a four-year college."
What defines “Low-income”?
While there is no universal definition for "first-generation college student" and much of the research uses the definition "a student with neither parent having any education beyond high school," we choose to define a first-generation college student as "neither parent having received a four-year college degree.