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Adalin Farnum Scholarship

2016 Adalin Farnum MSYSA ODP Scholarship Application

All 2016 Adalin Farnum MSYSA ODP Scholarships are due to the MSYSA State Office on or before October 1, 2015.


About the MSYSA Adalin Farnum ODP Scholarship

Adalin Farnum had a zest and curiosity for life the moment she opened her beautiful blue eyes. She was a huge fan. Mostly in part due to her mother, Tammy Farnum who has dedicated countless hours to the Michigan State Youth Soccer Association Olympic Development Program over the years. Adalin had an amazing sense of fashion, humor and ability to bring out the best in people. Her battle with cancer began at the age of five and a half. It was very clear her faith, strong spirit and spunky attitude would be with her every step of the way. Though her life's journey has been short it has always been filled with love. Adalin passed away peacefully on Friday, October 14, 2011 at age 9. In honor of Adalin, she asked that we carry out her memory of performing random acts of kindness.


2015 MSYSA Adalin Farnum ODP Scholarship Recipients

Vanessa Nigg l Female Recipient Vanessa is from Okemos, Michigan, and most currently played with the TNT Dynamite Soccer team in the Midwest Regional and within the Michigan State Premier Soccer Program Premier 1 Division. She has been named to the MSYSA State ODP Team in 2011/12, 2012/13 and 2013/14. Additionally, she was named to the US Youth Soccer Region II ODP Regional Holdover in 2012 and 2014. Vanessa was named as a member of the National Honor Society in her time academically at the Okemos High School. Vanessa not only finds herself helping others both on and off the field but she finds that in doing so helps herself become a better person. Through someone providing an act of kindness towards her, she welcomes the idea of 'passing it forward' each and every time to someone else.

Vanessa ODP PIC
Isiah Handspike l Male Recipient Isiah is from DeWitt, Michigan and has most recently been named to the Michigan '98 ODP Team. Isiah started his time with the Michigan ODP program in the Fall of 2010. Isiah was selected to be a mentor in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program. His experience with this program provided him with a new stance on how to approach his days. He was very excited to be part of such a fantastic program and fantastic people involved. Through his hard work in soccer, academics, family and friends, he continues to never quit. He continues to provide positive change at every opportunity he can. Isiah ODP PIC