About this Scholarship

When his life was cut short by an in-line skating accident at the age of 22, Brian Thiele was learning more about the business world at a company in Isny, Germany; finishing his degree at Western Michigan University; and preparing to assist as soccer coach at Kalamazoo Central High School.

Thiele, a 1990 graduate of Portage Northern High School, spent four years on the high school soccer team. Although he loved to play the game, he found just as much, if not more, excitement in helping young athletes learn the skills essential to being successful in soccer. Thiele was head junior varsity coach at Northern for a year, served as assistant varsity coach at Northern and coached several under-16 TKO teams.

This scholarship, established by family and friends in memory of Brian Thiele, provides financial assistance to students who exhibit characteristics similar to those for which Brian is so fondly remembered. This includes playing high school soccer, the achievement of personal and academic goals, overcoming obstacles to meet his goals, competitive spirit, leadership and a special caring for his fellow man.

Scholarship Criteria

Student who is a permanent resident of Kalamazoo County or a student graduating from a high school within Kalamazoo County; four years of soccer during high school; community service; full-time enrollment at a college/university.


Type of Student

  • Graduating High School Seniors
  • Undergraduate Students

Award Amount Range

$1,000-$2,000

Required to Demonstrate Financial Need

No

Residence Eligibility

Kalamazoo County resident

High School Eligibility

  • Kalamazoo County High School