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Travis Duffey Scholarship inspires hope out of tragedy

Travis Duffey Social

Travis Duffey was a young athlete that was a part of the Lake Cities Soccer Association for a number of years. In 2007, Duffey tragically passed away at the age of 12. Travis’ father, Gary partnered with LCSA in order to create the Travis Duffey Scholarship Fund to carry on his son’s legacy through providing young athletes scholarship monies towards their continued college education.

LCSA along with sponsors and other contributors donate to this fund on a yearly basis. 

The scholarship awards two $1,000 scholarships, at a minimum, each year to deserving applicants. The requirements of the application are fairly broad, as applicants must have played or refereed for LCSA and must complete the application and essay by the due date as indicated on the LCSA website. 

Applicants are chosen via a selection committee, which consist of coaches, referees and/or other community individuals. The panel will interview each candidate and chooses the recipients.

“I have been blessed with being able to serve on the selection committee for the past five years,” LCSA president Fabrico Salas said. “It has been an honor to interview great kids from the Lake Cities Community that have a sharp focus and goals set on what they want to do after high school in continuing their education and towards their careers.”

In the beginning, the Travis Duffey Scholarship fund was limited in its funds, and as a result, only two $1,000 scholarships were given out in each of the first four years. 

“As more funds were accumulated, we have been able to give out more scholarships,” Salas said. “In total, LCSA has given out more than $49,000 to 79 individuals since 2007.”

Scholarship amounts vary depending on the amount that is accumulated each year.

The committee always succeeds in not completely depleting the fund each year so that more than two applicants can be awarded scholarships. 

This year, Salas will be unable to participate as his daughter is applying for the scholarship.

“It has been a privilege and honor to work with this scholarship fund to see how it gives back to the kids of the Lake Cities community,” Salas said.

Past Winners

Name  Year    Name  Year 
Kayla Thomas  2007   Kourtney Gosset  2015
Julia Wiers 2007   Kier Campbell  2015
      Dolton Collier  2015
Darius Nicholson  2008   Kelley London  2015
Avri Boswell  2008   Scott Wilson  2015
      Briana Marin 2015
Bailey Crane  2009   Elysia Hutchinson 2015
Kate Rentschlar 2009   Nicholas Krygsman 2015
      Austin HAAS  2015
Rachael Krygsman  2010   Haley Bortnem  2015
Collin Graves  2010      
      Justin Foster  2016
Aaron Reagan  2011   Kailyn Beachamp  2016
Chistina Romskog  2011   Rugger Collier  2016
Ekama Eni 2011   Jenna Graves  2016
Morgan Pesante 2011   Anna Reagan  2016
shannon martin 2011   Shelby Kindhart  2016
      Landon Pope 2016
Christopher Scroggins 2012   Blake Harrison  2016
Catherine Reagan 2012   Claire Smith  2016
Danielle caro 2012   Myles Gladden  2016
Brandon herrandine 2012   Jonah Derrick  2016
Hanna Gillick 2012      
Audrey Martin  2012   Gunnnar Gray  2017
Jennifer Walters 2012   Avery Tankersley 2017
      Alonso Rodriguez 2017
Declan Johnston 2013   Reilly Clouse 2017
Shelby Miller 2013   Karsyn Beauchamp  2017
Emily Swiheart 2013   Savannah Henderson 2017
Miranda Hensen  2013   Nathan Gilbert  2017
Cody Perry  2013   Lyndle Montgomery 2017
Ashley Bortnem 2013      
kylee Harper 2013      
Amanda Edwards 2013      
Tyler Hull 2013      
Stephanie Martin 2013      
Cynthia Contreras  2013      
Tyler Head 2013      
Skylar Gentry  2013      
Erin Slater 2013      
Ryan Steel  2014      
Andi Foster 2014      
Kaitlyn Cairo  2014      
Chance Pope 2014      
Alexander Worden 2014      
Alexis Medina 2014      
Logan Stewart  2014      
Sarah Regan  2014      
Haley Everidge 2014      
Nichole Constantine 2014      
Clair Martin 2014      
Kelsey Tuck 2014      
Cody Carroll 2014      
Samanth Samathas 2014      
Rebecca Romskog 2014      
Adrianna Vidal 2014