Sam Oliver and Marwan Ghabour Scholarships

The Arlington Soccer Club (ASC) annually awards financial scholarships to graduating seniors
from Arlington high schools with a history of participation in ASC programs and demonstrated
community service. Funds for the scholarships are provided by the ASC soccer community via
online donations made on the ASC registration website.

Sam Oliver Memorial Scholarships

Sam Oliver coached three generations of girls’ soccer for the ASC and was a mentor to ASC
coaches. His tireless work as a supporter of the Arlington High School (AHS) Girls’ Varsity Soccer
program played a significant role in the strength of girls’ soccer in Arlington at every level. The
ASC established the Sam Oliver Memorial Scholarships as a tribute to his memory after Sam
passed away in 2007.

Marwan Ghabour, Chief Warrant Officer 2, Memorial Scholarship

Marwan Ghabour played for the ASC as a young boy through his senior year in high school and
is a past recipient of the Sam Oliver Scholarship. He served as a referee for the ASC from Grade
7 and continued refereeing for several years after graduating from AHS in 2010. Marwan played
varsity soccer as a goalkeeper for AHS and served as a volunteer goalkeeping coach for the AHS
Boys’ Varsity Soccer team after graduation. While serving in the US Army on a peacekeeping
mission in Egypt in 2020, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Marwan Ghabour tragically passed at the age
of 27 in a helicopter crash. In 2023, the ASC established the Marwan Ghabour Scholarship for a
graduating high school senior with service as an ASC referee and a demonstrated commitment
to community volunteering.

  • For the Sam Oliver Scholarships, a graduating senior who has played, coached, refereed, been an ASC TOPS Soccer buddy, or managed a team for the ASC for at least five years, including three years during high school.
  • For the Marwan Ghabour Scholarship, a graduating senior who has refereed for the ASC for at least five years, including during high school, and a demonstrated commitment to community volunteering.
  • The applicant must have above-average grades and have plans to go to a two- to four-year college or university.
  • Preference is given to those applicants who have shown a commitment to civic volunteering.
Description of Awards:
  • One-time-only scholarship awards.
  • Minimum scholarship of $1,250 per awardee.
  • The number of scholarship recipients varies from year to year.
  • A check is presented to the recipients at the AHS Awards Night.
How to Apply:
  • Fill out and submit the online application form 
  • You should get a confirmation email notifying you that we have received your entry.
  • If you do not hear from us within one week of submission, please Contact Us.

Past recipients include:

2023Klara Fritsch, Caroline Kenneally, Jonathan Forbes, Calum Gillies (Marwan Ghabour Award)
2022Chloe Keyes, Lia Varghese, Andrew Clossey, Elliot Johnson
2021Allie DeFrancisco, Maria Elder, Michelle Mahoney, Tim Rempe
2019Phedjina Jean, Karrena Ng, Henery Fox-Jurkowitz, Nick Karalis  
2018Hannah Alton, Linnea McAllister, Adrien Black, Sean Mahoney  
2017Juliana Bird, Emilia Brush, Clinton Garrahan, Jeremiah Jacob-Dolan  
2016James Bauer, Maura Doherty, Max Fox-Jurkowitz, Erin Jigargian, Emma Maxtutis, Stefan Rookwood  
2015Eliza Brush, Gaurav Dangol, Haley Hourican, Jason “Tano” Mejia, Sabrina Morais, Aidan O’Day  
2014John Ammondson, William Lockery, Connor Lovelace, Harrison Mintz, Myriam Ayad, Julia Wood  
2013Fernando Cuervo-Torello, Leland Benjamin Garrahan, Olivia Powell-Phillips, Jessica Sandberg, Madeline Stein, Tyler Stinson  
2012Lindsay Chapman, Sophia Hirsch, Brent Lo, Graham McInnis, Hannah Streuver, and Matthew Wah  
2011Otto Briner, Elizabeth DeBenedictos, Sarah Ghabbour, Elizabeth Gomes, Trevor O’Brien Jones, and Sam Mintz  
2010Marwan Ghabour, Emily Chicojay Moore, Jillian Peura, Anna Lemp, Alex Wallach Hanson, and Rob Carter  
2009Charlie Cubetta, Rebecca O’Quinn, and Sam Shvartz  
2008Olivia Baldwin, Jill Shaner, Danny Chin and Sean Reilly  
2007Rose McCabe, Kathryn O’Quinn, and Kelsie Shea