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Kelley Jo VerVelde Scholarship

Kelley Jo VerVelde


Past Winners

2009 - Amanda Woeful
2010 - Samantha Maybon
2011 - Chloe Nabity
2012 - Lizzy Lee
2012 - Brian Talcott
2013 - Melissa Hirshman
2013 - Michael Kluver

2014 - Quinn Nelson & 

2014 - Allison Buehring

2015 - Anna Carnazzo

2015 - Laurel Heskett

2015 - Tyler Krajewski

2016 - McKenna Paintin

2016 - Anna Gornell

2017 - Erik Fahner

2017 - Hunter Kruse

2017 - Stephanie Dashiell

2017 - Bailey Parsons

2018 - Delaney Gunn

2018 - Benjamin Hamilton

2019 - Regina Casey

2019 - Aleyse Evers

2019 - Slyvia Fehr

2020 - Abigail Rieff
2020 - Gracie Parsons
2020 - Quentin Bair

2021 - Alyssa Judkins

2021 - Zach Weis

2022 - Taya Baker

2022 - Jack Vokt

Kelley was fun loving and easy going. She loved animals and was concerned about the environment. And she was passionate about soccer. Despite being an all-star basketball player through 8th grade, she dedicated her time and energy to soccer. When asked why, she said, “The space, the outdoors and the sun,” though she loved playing in the rain, too.

Kelley’s commitment to soccer was earning the attention of several Division I schools. She had a 3.6 GPA, many friends and rarely caused trouble. Kelley was her own person, a free spirit and absolutely loved life.


A recent University of Houston study found that, of 153 attempted suicides, only 13% of survivors between the ages of 13 and 34 had contemplated their act for eight hours or longer. Of the rest, 70% reported that the time from decision to attempt was less than one hour, and an astonishing 24% put the interval at less than five minutes. In terms of a lifetime – and all the potential that holds – these often irrevocable decisions are made in mere moments. Hopefully Kelley’s passing can raise awareness of this serious problem.


Even in death, Kelley wanted to make a difference as an organ donor.


Currently over 80,000 people in the United States are waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant. These children and adults are completely dependent upon the generosity of a stranger. Organ donation is a selfless and heroic act that a simple decision can make possible. Anyone can choose to give this greatest of gifts. You can donate up to 8 lifesaving organs and up to 50 life-enhancing tissues. All you need to do is sign a donor card or the back of your driver’s license and, please, tell your loved ones so they can carry out your wishes. Perhaps your selflessness will even inspire others. With your help in spreading this important message, we can all leave a legacy of life for those in need.


Click Here to download the Kelley Jo VerVelde Scholarship application form in pdf.

Click Here to donate to the Kelley Jo VerVelde Scholarship fund.


Every year at this time I am blown away by the quality of applicants. Not only are these students producing at the highest possible level in the class room, but are also competing at the highest level on the soccer field. If that is not enough to impress you, they are also giving back in the form of community service. I am humbled when I read these applications in the name of Kelley Jo. 


For future applicants…a lot of weight is put into the personal essay on the topic of being a donor. By reading these essays we get to know the applicants and what is inside them.


Again, a VERY impressive group of applicants and congratulations to the winners and thanks to all that applied. And thanks to Alex and the SNFC for allowing this scholarship and their continued support. The SNFC is more than just learning about how to kick a soccer ball! 


David VerVelde

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