This year the Virginia Leagacy’s David Pickeral Memorial Scholarship has been awarded to Ben Carper, who graduated from Jamestown High School in June. He will attend the University of VIrginia this coming Fall and major in engineering.
The scholarship is a memorial to David Pickeral the son of Dennis & Robyn Pickeral played with the Club. “Dave Pickeral was a great kid, a dedicated player and a true teammate. He had a massive love for the game we all play and enjoy.” David’s passing occurred on November 5, 2005, as a result of an injury he suffered during a soccer match which caused a heart arrhythmia. As well as our soccer club David was also a member of the Soccer Team at Bethel High School.
Each year a $1,000 scholarship is awarded in David's name to a Virginia Legacy Soccer Club senior intending to continue their studies at college. The applicant may be male or female. The Board of Directors oversees the application process. A review committee awards the scholarship based upon the applicant’s academics, participation in club and community and an essay required with the application. The funds awarded must go towards tuition, fees, housing or books.
During his time at Jamestown, Ben achieved a 4.3 grade point average. Ben was a 2 year captain of the high school soccer team, winning a state championship as a junior. He was also a 2 time - 1st Team All State player highlighting a great 4 year career on Varsity. He was also a member of Legacy's first State Cup Champion as a member of the U17 Elite team in 2015.
Carper was also a member of the National Honor Society, Math Honors Society, Spanish Honor Society, was a National AP Scholar with Honors, Volunteered for the Legacy as a youth recreation coach, volunteered at numerous shelters and was a orientation crew and leader.