Congratulations to this year’s ESCO scholarship winners and a big thank you to our scholarship committee that narrowed the pool down to two applicants.

We are pleased to announce our 2020 winners are Emma Hager and Emma Katovich, both will receive $1,000 scholarships.

Upon receipt of an application, all identifying information was removed to make the applications anonymous and applications were then numbered in order of receipt so the committee then referred to the applicants by a number. The committee deliberated and narrowed it down to two numbers, which corresponded to Emma H. and Emma K.

The applications we received were all amazing to review and the applicants should be very proud of their accomplishments and bright futures ahead. Thank you for being an inspiration – you are all great role models!

Read more about both our winners below and check out their acceptance videos on our social media pages (coming soon).

ESCO Scholarships Awarded 1

About Emma Hager

Years Affiliated with Elite Soccer: 10
Years in ESCO’s Youth Leadership Program:
High School: John Hersey High School
College Attending in Fall: University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

Academic Honors/Scholastic Achievements: 2 years National Honors Society, AP World History, AP English, AP Physics 1, AP Economics (micro and macro), AP Calculus AB, AP Environmental Science

Examples of Citizenship/Leadership: Aside from my involvement in ESCO, last summer I volunteered for a week at the Association of Horizon summer camp. This is an organization that provides a week long overnight summer camp experience for adults with physical disabilities. During that week I was a 1 on 1 attendant with a camper. I would take her around the camp and do whatever summer camp activities she desired. It was a super fun and eye opening experience that taught me to be grateful for what I have.

ESCO Scholarships Awarded 2

About Emma Katovich

Years Affiliated with Elite Soccer: 4
Years in ESCO’s Youth Leadership Program:
High School: Fremd High School
College Attending in Fall: Clemson University

Academic Honors/Scholastic Achievements: 34 ACT, 1530 SAT, AP US History, AP Computer Science Principles, AP Language and Composition, AP Psychology, AP Calculus AB, AP Physics 1, AP Physics 2, AP Spanish, AP Macroeconomics, AP US Government and Politics, AP Calculus BC, AP Literature and Composition, AP Chemistry, National Merit Scholar Finalist, Fremd High School Academic Scholar, Honor Roll Student, National Honors Society Member, Illinois State Scholar, AP Scholar with Distinction, Social Studies Student of the Year Nominee, Writer’s Week Presenter

Examples of Citizenship/Leadership: ESCO Vice President and Youth Council Member, Girls in Engineering, Math, and Science (GEMS) Conference Volunteer and Head of Registration, 9 years of club soccer (4 at Elite SC), Notre Dame Summer Scholars Pre-College Program, University of Illinois Worldwide Youth in Science (WYSE) Summer Program, Student Intern at Innovative Components Incorporated, Operation Snowball Small Group Leader, Freshman/Sophomore/Junior/Senior Executive Board Member, 4 year Fremd Varsity Soccer member, Spanish Club Member, Student Council Member


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