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Michigan Referee Program / John Bieniewicz Memorial Scholarship

John Bieniewicz Memorial Scholarship

The John Bieniewicz Memorial Scholarship was established in honor of John Bieniewicz, a Michigan referee who was tragically killed on the field in 2014. Not only was John a referee, but also a husband, father, and coach. He performed all of these roles with passion, and inspired that same passion in others. Since its establishment in 2015, the John Bieniewicz Memorial Scholarship has been awarded to young referees that exemplify the same passion and dedication to refereeing that John promoted.

There will be 5 scholarships of $2,000 each granted to high school seniors who will be graduating in Spring 2024 to be used towards expenses in an accredited university, college, community college, junior college, trade, or vocational school.

  • Applications are due to the John Bieniewicz Scholarship Committee by March 15th, 2024, and can be submitted via email to bieniewiczscholarship@gmail.com. Acceptable formats are .doc, .docx, and .pdf.
  • Applicants will be notified by May 1st, 2024, whether or not they received a scholarship.
  • Questions or concerns regarding eligibility or requirements can be sent to bieniewiczscholarship@gmail.com.

Applicant Requirements:

  • Applicants must be graduating high school seniors with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0.
  • Applicants must be a certified USSF referee in the state of Michigan for at least 2 years as of Spring 2024. This means that the applicant will have been a certified USSF referee since Spring 2022.
  • Applicants must submit the following:
    • A completed application form;
    • A copy of an official high school transcript;
    • A written essay (approximately 1,000 words or less) addressing;
      • Academic and/or athletic achievements, student organizations, special interests, community involvement, work and/or leadership experience.
      • The influence that soccer refereeing has had on their life, including challenges, opportunities, enjoyment, how refereeing has impacted their life, and anything regarding their referee experience.
      • Future plans for after graduation.
    • A letter of recommendation from a teacher and/or referee assignor.