The Emily Johnson Play It Forward Fund offers three scholarships – the Emily Johnson Soccer Scholarship, the Emily Johnson Creativity Scholarship, and the Valley Wide soccer scholarship.
- Emily Johnson Creativity Scholarship (PDF)
- Emily Johnson Soccer Scholarship (PDF)
- Emily Johnson Valley Wide Soccer Scholarship (PDF)
Emily was a vivacious 16 year old young woman, with a magnetic personality that always attracted people to her and made each one feel special. She was beautiful, vibrant, and energetic. She loved her family and friends and never stopped letting them know. Emily was the captain and “heart” of her Coal Ridge High School soccer team. She was passionate about the game and her enthusiasm was contagious! She was extremely creative, especially with photography and film. Her crazy ideas were legendary, and she brought so much laughter, fun, and joy to everyone! Making a difference was so important to her. Since she was a little girl, she fought injustice and prejudice, rallied people to her causes, and after death, saved five lives and helped dozens more through the donation of her organs, corneas, bones and tissues. Emily lives on in them, and in the hearts of all of us who were so lucky to know and love her.
Maria De Jesus A.
Coming from a Hispanic heritage, determination is no stranger to me. I am determined to head into Regis University, finish a career, and make my family and friends proud of the things that I will accomplish along the way. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity that has been presented to me through this scholarship and with this generous help I am getting closer to starting my college freshman year. I am honored to be able to continue the legacy left by Emily and share her passion and love for others, the community, and creativity. I know that I can make the scholarship committee proud.
Hi, my name is Arely Chaez, and I am a first generation student both high school and college. I am honored to have received the Emily Johnson Soccer Scholarship to go to Colorado Mesa University this upcoming fall, to study Graphic Design.
I have played soccer for Coal Ridge the past four years. Being part of the Lady Titans I have learned many valuable lessons that I will use in my everyday life. Soccer has taught me that my education will not come easy and that I must fight for what I believe in.
Four years from now I see myself achieving my goals, graduating from Colorado Mesa University with my bachelors in Graphic Design. Graduating with my bachelors is my top priority and I’m making sure I am taking full advantage of this opportunity my parents did not get.
Without my parents an soccer I would not be the person I am today. I am so grateful for my support system and that I am able to go to college to study my passion, Graphic Design. I want to thank the Emily Johnson Scholarship Committee for believing in me and helping me get one step closer to achieving my goals and dreams.
My name is Jose Quinones, soccer has shaped me it to the person that I am today. I am graduating from Rifle High School in 2017. The only sport that I play is soccer but I am very involved in the community. The college That I will be attending is the University of Colorado Denver where I am going to study Architecture and Planning. I will be playing soccer for the club team at the University of Colorado Denver. Losing 80 percent of your games is hard on my motivation and also on my teammates. When I started playing soccer there were eighteen players that were in the same grade as me. By my senior year, I was the only player left from my class. I have immeasurable gratitude towards receiving this scholarship. Even though I did not meet Emily, I am humbled to be able to represent Emily Johnson and her passion she had for soccer.
For previous scholarship recipients go the the archive list.