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Frederick J. Salone Memorial Basketball Scholarship

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1 winner$700
Application Deadline
Jun 1, 2024
Winners Announced
Jun 30, 2024
Education Level
High School
Recent scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Education Level:
High school senior
Plays basketball

Student-athletes face overwhelming challenges when trying to succeed both academically and athletically. 

These obstacles can be particularly difficult for younger high school students to overcome as they try to socialize, make time for their families, and complete their college applications. Remaining devoted to both educational and athletic success requires perseverance, and these outstanding students should be rewarded for their hard work.

This scholarship aims to support exceptional student-athletes who have overcome obstacles in life to continue working towards their goals. 

Any high school senior who plays basketball and plans to continue playing in college may apply for this scholarship opportunity.

To apply, tell us what you have accomplished in basketball so far, what obstacles you have overcome, and what you have learned from basketball that will help you achieve your future goals.

Selection Criteria:
Ambition, Drive, Athletics
Published January 8, 2024
Essay Topic

What accomplishments have you achieved in your basketball career? What are some of the obstacles you've had to overcome? What have you learned from basketball that will help you achieve your goals in the future?

400–600 words

Winning Application

Emma Bleil
Seneca High SchoolUNION CITY, PA
Basketball has been a huge part of my life ever since I first picked up a ball as a young child. I've spent countless hours honing my skills on the court, constantly striving to improve my game and countless nights covered in my own sweat trying to make an endless amount of shots in a row or endless layups. I managed to letter in varsity as a sophomore, junior, and senior, as well as earn a starting position in my junior and senior years. Although I wasn't the highest scorer on the stat sheets, the work I did for my team off the stat sheets is insurmountable. I was the best team player I could be, consistently racking up assists, steals, and blocks, and stopping penetration from opposing players. I was a reliable defensive and offensive player who could play any position on the court. My head coach can vouch for my efforts towards our team that have gone unnoticed on stat sheets but are visibly apparent on the court. Because of these efforts, I have accepted an offer from Chatham University to play on their Women's Basketball team and I could not be more grateful. But all these accomplishments came with a price. I had to undergo two major surgeries - one on my ankle to remove a bone and fix torn ligaments and one on my shoulder to repair a torn labrum as well as various surrounding ligaments. My ankle injury occurred in my sophomore year of high school while I was playing in a club soccer league. I ended up missing all of the preseason and the first two months of the regular season. The recovery process was grueling, both physically and mentally, as I worked tirelessly to regain my strength and mobility. For those months I could only watch from the sidelines as my teammates played on without me which is a pain I cannot even begin to describe. However, I refused to let those setbacks keep me down. I rehabed and was able to come back and play the rest of the season, becoming the leading scorer on the junior varsity team in addition to getting varsity playing time and earning a varsity letter. In my junior year, I played injury-free as the only starter who was not a senior. But after my regular season ended, I injured my shoulder while playing in a travel basketball league. My world came crashing down when I learned I completely tore my labrum as well as the surrounding ligaments and would need reconstruction surgery that had a recovery time of 9-12 months, meaning I would miss my entire senior season of basketball. Despite these odds, I was determined to come back healthy for the full season. All odds were against me, doctors left and right were telling me it was nearly impossible. However, I refused to accept that fate and pushed myself into physical therapy every single day. This rehabilitation process was like no other I have faced before, it was devastating physically, but emotionally I couldn't be fazed as I was set on making it back healthy. I was on the court for the first day of preseason, practicing with zero restrictions. Now that I'm back to full health, I appreciate being able to play the game I love more than ever before. Basketball has molded me into the person I am today by instilling in me the principles of hard work, resilience, and teamwork. These core values will undoubtedly help me achieve continued success in all my future endeavors, both on and off the court.


When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Jun 1, 2024. Winners will be announced on Jun 30, 2024.

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