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The Mason Forever Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that promotes youth sports and students pursuing a degree in the health/fitness fields.
The foundation was established in 2020 in honor of Mason Sawyer Monteleone, a junior on the dean’s list at Florida State University. Mason was majoring in interdisciplinary medical sciences when he tragically died in a car accident on Aug. 28, 2020.
Mason’s dream was to become an orthopedic surgeon or a physician assistant. Sports, physical health, mental health, and education were core to his being. He played youth football for the Lewiston Porter Youth Football Club and travel soccer for the Niagara Pioneer Soccer Club. Mason also participated in soccer, basketball, wrestling and track while in middle school at Lewiston-Porter. He attended Canisius High School, where he participated in soccer, rugby and wrestling. He was also a member of the New York State Catholic Champion Canisius High School football team. Mason enjoyed snowboarding, skiing and jet skiing. He had many hours of community service at the Niagara Falls Boys and Girls Club, UBMD Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, Buffalo General Hospital and at Niagara Pioneer. The Mason Forever Foundation was established to support other young people that share the same passions as Mason.
The Mason Forever Foundation grants scholarships to like-minded learners who are studying in the health or fitness fields. Scholarship opportunities are available to students who will be enrolled in any medical/health/fitness program at an accredited college/university in the U.S. To be eligible, the applicant must have a minimum grade-point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale. All application materials must be submitted in a single envelope mailed to Mason Forever Foundation Niagara Pioneer Scholarship, 190 Oliver St., Suite 300, North Tonawanda, NY 14120. Entries must contain:
√ Which high school the applicant attended
√ College/university enrolled in and intended program/degree
√ Employment experience
√ Three letters of recommendation regarding academic status, career commitment, fitness/health/sports commitment
√ A narrative that includes (subtitles for each of the following four areas) personal background, sports/fitness/health experiences, community service experiences, professional goals
Scholarship materials must be received by Aug. 10. Awards are presented each Aug. 16.
For more information, visit www.masonforever.com.