To honor the loss of Dick Whalen, founder of the North American Sand Soccer Championships (NASSC), we’ve established the Dick Whalen Soccer Scholarship.
2020 Scholarship Award Winners
Matthew Clare – Beach FC
Attending: University of Virginia – Biology
Jill Eberhart – Beach FC
Attending: University of Virginia – Mathematics
Andrea Granada – Virginia Rush
Attending: United States Naval Academy – Chemistry
Danielle Miller – Beach FC
Attending: Virginia Tech – Chemical Engineering
Jack Ruddy – Beach FC
Attending: UNC Wilmington – Business
Name of Scholarship: Dick Whalen Soccer Scholarship
Purpose of Scholarship: To continue the legacy and passion for excellence of Dick Whalen, one of the founders of the Hampton Roads Soccer Complex, by supporting the high school senior class of the local soccer community.
Scholarship amount: $5,000 (divided between 2-5 recipients – minimum of 1 male and 1 female)
- Must be a current high school senior
- Must be a current member of or a child of a current Hampton Roads Soccer Council affiliate soccer club (Beach FC, Virginia Rush, Over Thirty Soccer league (OTSL) or Southeastern Virginia Women’s Soccer Association (SEVWSA))
Application Period: February 1, 2020 – March 15, 2020
Winners: Recipients of the Dick Whalen Soccer Scholarship will be notified in mid-May and will receive the award during the NASSC VIP Reception on Friday, June 5 at 5:30pm at Beachside Social. Recipients are also invited to attend and will be recognized during the Friday night U.S. Open Game on June 5 at 8:00pm.
Click the link below to view and complete the online application:
Who was Dick Whalen?
For 25 years, Dick was the driving force behind the growth and development of soccer in Hampton Roads. One of his greatest legacies was helping establish, build, and enhance the Hampton Roads Soccer Complex (HRSC). NASSC was created to be a fundraiser for HRSC and has raised over $5 million to date. His fundraising efforts paved the way for tens of thousands of local children and families to enjoy and make memories at HRSC. His commitment to excellence was unparalleled. NASSC and the U.S. Open were some of Dick’s most valued developments.
We appreciate Dick for caring about the soccer community so passionately. Simply stated, there will never be another Dick Whalen. We miss you. We love you. We will make you proud. Our future success will always be in your honor and because of the foundation you built. Fair winds and following seas. RIP Captain Whalen!
Dick Whalen Memorial Fund:
If you’d like to contribute to the Dick Whalen Memorial Fund, please click the “donate” button below.
To donate via check, please make your checks payable to:
Hampton Roads Soccer Council
2276 Recreation Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23456
Please write “Dick Whalen” on the memo line of your check.
The Hampton Roads Soccer Council is a 501c3 non-profit organization. Our EIN/Tax ID number is: 54-1626169