Chris Hoy Memorial Scholarship

Chris Hoy, better known to the Ultimate community as Hoy, was an individual who loved all things Ultimate, but especially those that were fun and created bonds between people. He was always willing to help others, loved his family fiercely, and teaching gave him immense joy. Being a YUC coach was something he took great pride in and Summer League was always his favorite time of year. Heckling was an art form for him, and he sometimes announced for Cincinnati Revolution (a past AUDL team). He was an avid Ohio State Buckeyes and Cleveland sports fan and thoroughly enjoyed any game of any kind. He often got lost in stories like Star Wars, The World of Warcraft, Parks and Rec, God of War, and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. Though he ended his life early, he would want his memory to continue on in those who love ultimate, truly believe in Spirit, and live life to its fullest. 

This scholarship was created after his passing to continue his legacy and passion for youth ultimate. 

Name and Amount of Scholarship:
The Chris Hoy Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $500 to be awarded to two graduating senior high school students annually.

Purpose and Intended Recipient:
To provide financial support to two graduating high school seniors who intend to pursue further study and education at an institution of higher learning (college, community college, trade school, university, etc.). 

Initial funding through donations to the scholarship fund in memory of Chris Hoy. Continued funding through interest income, donations, and family support. Additionally, Cincinnati Ultimate will assist in providing funding.

Publicity for the scholarship will be pursued through Cincinnati Ultimate. The fund is managed by Cincinnati Ultimate.

Continuation of Scholarship:
Scholarship funding will be monitored on an ongoing basis; an annuity will be established. If the scholarship is ever discontinued, notification will be made to CU prior to March 1.

Selection Criteria:
Selection of the scholarship recipient is solely at the discretion of the Chris Hoy Memorial Fund selection committee.

Up to 100 points will be awarded as follows:

  • Up to 50 points: Essay explaining personal and professional goals, in addition to beliefs regarding ultimate and how it will factor into applicant’s future.
  • Up to 20 points: Review of high school transcript, including courses completed or in progress; grade point average; review of work, volunteer, or related service in the high school or community which shows promise for continued education and support of/participation in the ultimate community.
  • Up to 20 points: Expression of Spirit of the Game format flexible: within Essay or alternate format.
  • Up to 10 points: Recommendation Letter from non-family adult who has known you for at least 9 months.

The scholarship recipient will be notified at the discretion of the Chris Hoy Memorial Fund selection committee; this will be done at the end of season YUC tournament. This year, that will be May 18, 2024. 

Submission Details:

Applications must be submitted by May 4, 2024 to be considered. 

NOTE: All items must be completed and attached (via uploading or mail), or the scholarship application will not be reviewed.

To submit an application, download and fill out this form, then follow the link below to attach your submission, or email all portions to, or mail your completed application and all parts to: 

The Chris Hoy Memorial Fund
c/o Lillie Walsh
205 Kramer Rd.
Dayton, OH 45419