Davies Volleyball Foundation
The 2021-22 Davies Foundation volleyball scholarships have been awarded and recipients have been notified. Special grants were awarded this year in the name of Gary Kufahl, a long time very involved HOA member and in the name of Sandy Podorski, to a player in the Springfield area. Sandy was the club director of one of the oldest Junior Volleyball clubs in the region, Springfield Juniors. She passed away a few weeks ago.
The Davies Volleyball Foundation provides financial support for Heart of America junior Volleyball players who are disadvantaged or experiencing financial hardship by awarding scholarships to help pay for club volleyball.
Davies, perhaps the most highly touted referee in USA Volleyball history, officiated in the first four Olympics that included volleyball. He is the only person who has ever served as the first referee for both the men’s and women’s Olympic gold medal matches and refereed in more than 21 countries. Glen traveled the world for the sport he loved and was a terrific ambassador for volleyball, our country and for USAV. Much of USAVB’s stature and credibility internationally is in no small part due to his actions, quality, fabulous personality and warmth. Davies was inducted into the Volleyball Hall of Fame in 1989.
Glen Davies was one of many key contributors to the creation and success of the Heart of America Volleyball Association (HOA) Our ability to hold multi court tournaments is the result of Glen forming an idea where he introduced the use of sport court to the game, found new venues outside of the traditional high school gym and went out into the community with gusto to recruit people to form teams and share his passion for playing the game.
- Select and be accepted by a HOA registered club
- Must be enrolled and be attending K-12 school (public, private or homeschool are acceptable)
Deadline: August 31, 2021 for the 2021/22 season (application process will start in May 2021)
Criteria: Recipients shall be selected by an independent panel by September 15. Consideration will be given to applicants using a standard selection protocol that evaluates:
- Financial need
- Leadership and/or participation in school and community activities
- Aspirations and goals
- Academic performance (minimum grade point average of 2.5 & acceptable attendance)
- Unusual personal or family circumstances
Application: The application process will remain confidential and your identity will only be available to staff involved in the process of determining eligibility. It is very important that the application is completely filled out and all supporting documentation be provided. Incomplete applications can adversely impact a student/ athlete’s selection
- Completed Application
- 2020 Federal Income Tax Return of your parent(s)/guardian (Form 1040)
- One page Essay
- Most recent school report card or transcript
Essay: Applicant must write a one page essay on a separate piece of paper on the following: “Describe what this scholarship will do for you and how you think that it can help you contribute to a positive environment in volleyball.”
Guidelines: Scholarships will be awarded for the 2021-22 season and disbursed in December of 2021 on your behalf, directly to the club you have joined. You will have to become a member of the Heart of America region of USA Volleyball before funds will be disbursed.
Amount: The scholarship amount will be between $500 and $800. For the 2020-2021 playing season, the Foundation awarded more than 30 scholarships.