The application window is now closed for the 2020 US Youth Soccer William J. "Billy" Goaziou Scholarships. The memory of Goaziou, who was involved in soccer for more than 25 years as a coach and administrator, is honored with two one-year scholarships in the amount of $1,250 to be awarded to one male and one female attending a post-secondary education institution for the first time in fall 2020. The scholarships are awarded based on community service and giving back to the game of soccer.
"US Youth Soccer has many volunteers, coaches and administrators who have and continue to give back to the game of soccer through service; we are very excited to honor a man who spent more than 25 years of his life doing just that," said John Sutter, immediate past-president of US Youth Soccer. "Goaziou was a well-respected man within the soccer community and I know he would be very humbled to know that his legacy continues to give back to the game of soccer."
Goaziou served as treasurer of US Youth Soccer and the Florida Youth Soccer Association, as well as chairman of the US Youth Soccer Budget and Olympic Development Program Committees. In 1994 he took office as the U.S. Soccer Federation’s Treasurer and was re-elected three times (1998, 2000 and 2004). Beyond the soccer world, Goaziou also served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps.
2020 Female Winner: Aanya Friedeman
Bio: Aanya Friedeman is a part of the Class of 2020 at Camas High School. She was born in New York and raised in Washington State. She is a part of her High School's Math, Science and Technology Program, as well as an avid participant in the National Honor Society, the Red Cross, and in Unified Sports. She has held leadership positions in Girls Who Code Club, as well as the co-captain for her 3 times Oregon State Championship team, the Washington Timbers 02 Reds 1. She will be continuing her education and soccer career at Willamette University in the fall. In her free time, outside of soccer, she enjoys hiking in the Columbia Gorge and spending time with her friends, family, and Wheaten Terrier.
Attending University: Willamette University
2020 Male Winner: Rishi Venkat
Bio: Rishi Venkat is currently a senior attending McNeil High School in Austin, TX. He has been very involved in soccer for most of his life, both as an active player and an avid fan. In high school, Rishi has played for Lonestar Soccer Club, McNeil High School Varsity, and the South Texas ODP. He is an ardent supporter of Real Madrid and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Outside of soccer, Rishi is accomplished academically and in extracurriculars. He has a 3.95 GPA and earned a perfect score on the ACT. He is the Co-Founder and Owner of Genius Test Prep, an affordable and effective tutoring service, whose mission is to expand standardized test preparation to the less fortunate and provide every student an opportunity to succeed on the SAT and ACT. Since its inception less than one year ago, Genius Test Prep has helped over 35 students across the Austin area. Through his business, Rishi discovered his passion for social entrepreneurship and hopes to build another startup in the future. He has also been a competitor in several business events, including DECA, in which he was a Texas Winner and an International Career Development Conference qualifier.
After high school, Rishi will be attending the University of Texas at Austin to pursue a degree in Business Honors.
Attending University: University of Texas at Austin