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The Meg Votta
Memorial Scholarship Program
San Diego, CA (January 23, 2019) - The Meg Votta Memorial Fund was created in 2010 to honor the memory of
Margaret "Meg" Votta, who passed away in November 2009 after a
valiant battle with ovarian cancer. The fund was established to provide scholarships
for deserving members of the rugby community who have been active players in
the local high school programs and to be used for continuing education. The application process for the Meg Votta Memorial Scholarships will run from May 1 thru August 31 of each calendar year.
Scholarships are awarded to the boy and the girl who each best express
what the game of rugby has meant to them and their plans for furthering their
Meg was graduated from Hamilton College. But her rugby
career began as a player for Cornell Women’s Rugby Football Club, which became
the Gotham City Women’s RFC and ultimately New York Women’s Rugby (NYRC). She
is perhaps the only woman to wear all three jerseys. She was also the founder
of the highly regarded, Touring Women Over Thirty, The Olde Girls, the only
national old girls rugby team in the U.S. The Olde Girls have been frequent winners
and finalists in the CanAm Rugby Tournament in Lake Placid, NY.
Meg was also an
accomplished chef and was graduated from the Culinary Institute of America. In
the early 1990’s she won a local chili cook-off competition and that event was
revived as a fundraiser for the scholarships. Meg asked her friends that they
continue her support of rugby. Combining rugby with cooking and a scholarship
for future rugby players helps keep Meg’s spirit alive for the sport she loved.
Donate to the Meg Votta Memorial Scholarship Fund