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Courtney Richard Volleyball Scholarship

The Courtney Richard Volleyball Scholarship

Since 2003, SYA Volleyball has awarded this annual scholarship to help graduates defray a portion of their continuing education expenses. Each year, SYA Volleyball awards one scholarship to a graduate (from high school) to be used at the school of his/her choice.


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 Courtney Richard

The SYA Volleyball Scholarship is named in honor of Courtney Richard. Courtney developed her volleyball skills on the CYA and SYA courts and became an outstanding setter at Chantilly High School where she played on the Freshman and Junior Varsity teams. In June of 2004, at the end of her sophomore year, Courtney passed away from complications due to viral meningitis. In 2005, SYA renamed our Scholarship to honor Courtney’s passion for volleyball.

2018 Scholarship Winner

The winner of the 2018 Courtney Richard Volleyball Scholarship is Lizzie Heier of Oakton High School. Lizzie’s name has been added to the plaque of all previous awardees, and as per our tradition, the plaque will now be displayed at her high school for the upcoming year. Congratulations, Lizzie!

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Congratulating Lizzie for her award is Gary Flather, President of SYA Sports, and Sue Newman, Director of SYA Volleyball Club



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