The United States All Star Federation (USASF) has announced the 2017 USASF Young Athlete Scholars, with five scholarships awarded. Each of these athletes show outstanding academic achievement, All Star cheer or dance talent, and have made important leadership contributions to their program and the All Star community.

Gena Evans, USASF Director of Scholarships said, "The Young Athlete Scholar recognizes all-round excellence. We are thrilled with the caliber of the applicants, representing high standards for the All Star community. It is inspirational to see such incredible athletes developing in All Star programs nationwide. We are grateful to  our Headline Sponsor, CheerSounds and the many other USASF Affiliate Members who continue to support this program."

Gena also explained that applicants' scores are based on their Leadership Service Project, performance video, coach's recommendation and academics. The 2017 Leadership Service Project focused on promoting and improving healthy eating habits of athletes within the applicant's program. In addition to planning and executing the project, applicants demonstrated their public relations skills by creating ways to promote the positive life benefits of All Star cheer and dance.

The Young Athlete Scholar recipients are:

Mele Maikalani McAlister Taylor Roach Sawyer Turnage Clinton Raven Vanderpool Kelsey Witmer
Cheergyms.com Crush Athletics Elite Vipers Storm Athletics
Pennsylvania Elite

Meet the 2017 USASF Young Athlete Scholarship Recipients - video

Scholarships are sent to the recipient’s All Star program to be used for costs related to travel, competitions and uniforms/costumes.

This scholarship is open to any USASF member athlete between the ages of 9-18 as of August 31, 2017 who participates at a USASF member program. Applicants must maintain a 3.0 GPA for the current grading period, demonstrate they are well rounded, and be able to provide support recommendations of achievements. Athletes are eligible to apply for only one USASF scholarship per season.  Applications for the 2018 scholarships must be submitted to USASF by March 1, 2018.


Chloe Strohfeldt Riley Rosenberger Allyssa Rueth Lauren Medcalf
Dance and Cheer

Appleton, WI
Velocity Dance
Vienna, VA
Energizers Dance Team
Slinger, WI
Connect Cheer NW
Anacortes, WA
Jordan Ickes Riley Howell Caelyn Nikoloff  
Cheer Athletics
Athens, TX
Power Cheer!
New Smyrna Beach, FL
Paramount Sports
Complex/Dazzle U

Palmyra, PA



Thank you to our Young Athlete Scholarship Sponsors