Each year the Virginia Legacy Soccer Club and the Williamsburg Soccer Foundation awards up to $1000 in scholarship aid in memory of David Pickeral. David was a travel player with the club, who passed away at age 16, suddenly on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2005. David’s passing was subsequent to an injury he suffered while playing the game he loved. A native and lifelong resident of Hampton, David was an honor student at Bethel High School. David loved soccer and played with pride for the U18 Wizards Elite. When his grandmother passed away, he took great joy in driving her 1994 Cadillac. He also had a love for children which was displayed by the interest he took in working along the side of his mother at the daycare center "Friends in Jesus Learning Center."
The David Pickeral Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a male or female player who intends on continuing his/her studies in college. The applicant is not required to continue to play soccer in college. The VLSC Board of Directors developed and oversees the application process. A review committee appointed by the board will recommend the award of the scholarship. The money must go towards tuition, fees, housing or books. The applicants must have played for the Virginia Legacy Soccer Club for at least three years prior to consideration for the scholarship.
Applications can be found online or picked up in the soccer office. We encourage all players to submit an application regardless of what level team you participate with as the scholarship is not awarded on playing abilities. Deciding factors include high school grades, a written essay, and community involvement.
Past Recipients of the David Pickeral Memorial Scholarship
2006 - Patrick Brown / Jordan Mayer
2007 - Clif Kipper
2008 - Sean Dreybus / Kristin Davenport
2009 - Drake Kuhn / Danielle Gunderson
2010 - Bryan Talbert / Stephanie Marshall
2011 - Patrick O'Brien
2012 - Dan Geyer
2013 - Emery Trott
2014 - Matt Cullom
2015 - Hunter Embry
2016 - Ben Carper
2017 - Axel Bax