This scholarship is presented in honor and recognition of Edward “Ed” Placke for his years of service to the sport of youth soccer in the Capital District. Ed Placke dedicated many years establishing soccer programs for children to play in a fun, competitive and enriching environment. Many young soccer players have grown and developed into fine young adults and athletes through programs Ed spearheaded. He recently retired from soccer in the Capital District and New York Elite FC would like to thank him for what he has established and for what will continue to carry on for years to come. In the spirit of NY  Elite FC Soccer, the club is awarding five $250 college scholarships this year to two boys and three girls who best exemplified the spirit of true sportsmanship in the sport of soccer. Congratulations to this years recipients!

Brianna DiBlasi – Penn State Behrend
Antonia DiPreta – University of Vermont
Anna Scott – SUNY Binghamton
Alex Bruno – Northeastern University
Greg Monroe – Siena College