Two Siena Heights University women’s soccer players will each receive a $2,000 scholarship as part of a cooperative pilot program involving the NAIA and the American Red Cross.
Siena Heights University was selected to participate from the Great Lakes Region. Kim Stoutenberg and Kati Tucker, both juniors, were chosen to represent Siena in the program. Student-athletes were selected for exuding initiative and displaying the five core values of the “Champions of Character” program. The criteria also includes the ability to lead others, maturity and strong oral and written communication skills.
“They are two of my hardest-working players, both on and off the field,” said SHU women’s soccer coach Scott Oliver. “Both carry perfect 4.0 grade-point averages. Obviously, they are very deserving of the honor.”
Stoutenberg, from Roscommon, Mich., is a sport management major and Spanish minor. She is vice president of the Sport Management Association at Siena.
Tucker, from Royal Oak, Mich., is a psychology major who is a member of student senate at SHU.
The American Red Cross/NAIA collaboration also provides participating student-athletes valuable networking opportunities, resume building and the ability to champion a philanthropic cause.
As a participant in this cooperative effort, Stoutenberg and Tucker will become ARC Blood Services region board members. They will attend board meetings and training, provide subject matter expertise with respect to youth and young adults, promote ARC blood drives on campus and mentor their successor in the program.