The 2005 recipients of the Patrick Kerr Skateboard Scholarship, the nation’s only college scholarship program for skateboarders, have been selected. The scholarships are awarded to students who have been activists for skateboarding in their communities.
$5000 scholarship to Kyle Brady presented by Activision/TonyHawk’s Underground. He will attend Santa Clara University and major in Computer Engineering. Kyle created a program to distribute donated skateboards and skate clothing to underprivileged youth in Baltimore and played a vital part in the creation of a public skatepark in Maryland.
$2000 scholarship to Benjamin Oldani presented by Mike Vallely. He will attend the University of Colorado. Benjamin designed and helped fundraise for two public skateparks in Lakewood, CO and was a founding member of the Lakewood Youth Commmision.
$1000 scholarship to Benjamin Meyerson presented by The Tony Hawk Foundation. He will attend the University of Maryland and major in Journalism. As a member of the Skatepark Task Force, Benjamin was instrumental in the creation of the public skatepark in Oak Park, Illinois.
$1000 scholarship to Sasha La Rochelle presented by Mountain Dew. She will attend Santa Rosa Junior College and major in Graphic Design. Sasha teaches skate clinics, is a member of Skaters For Public Skateparks, writes articles and conducts interviews for skate magazines and websites, and is a professional skateboarder.
$1000 scholarship to Daniel Marino presented by Jones Soda. He will attend Northeastern University and major in Architecture. Daniel helped to design and fundraise for the public skatepark in Ogden, New York. He was recognized by his town for volunteering over 580 hours to the project.
$1000 scholarship to Jesse Quinlan presented by Skateboard.com. He will attend the University of Virginia and major in Aerospace Engineering. Jesse was the Chair of the Design Committee for the Page County Skatepark Association, built equipment, solicited donations, teaches skateboarding beginners, and scored a perfect 800 on the math SAT.
$1000 scholarship to Daniel Stone presented by Foundation Skateboards. He will attend the University of Massachusetts and major in Studio Arts. As his Eagle Scout project, Daniel organized the members of his Boy Scout troop to work on the creation of the Maynard, MA public skatepark.
$1000 scholarship to Sean Neafsey presented by the International Association of Skateboard Companies (IASC). He will attend Manhattan College-Engineering School and major in Environmental Engineering. Sean was instrumental in the creation of the public skatepark at Rockaway Beach in Queens, New York City.
$1000 scholarship to Daniel Caridi presented by the International Association of Skateboard Companies (IASC). He will attend the Art Institute of Boston and major in Photography. As a 9th grader Daniel created a petition for a skatepark that, through his lobbying and fundraising efforts, was completed in the Fall of 2004.
$500 scholarship to Mackenzie Brown presented by the International Association of Skateboard Companies (IASC). She will attend the State University of New York (Buffalo) and major in Veterinary Medicine. Mackenzie created a petition for a public skatepark, researched park design and fund-raising, and testified before the town council of Tinton Falls, NJ.