Donald P. Hahn Memorial Scholarship Fund
(Don is #19 for Princeton)
"I can only wish for those playing now or yet to come, that the beautiful game of lacrosse continues to provide the experience of clean sport and lasting friendships - among opponents as well as teammates - and just plain fun that it was my good fortune to know." Don Hahn, Hall of Fame acceptance speech 1982
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The Scholarship Fund
Mendocino Lacrosse Club founders Adam Strupp and Tobin Hahn have worked to make lacrosse accessible to the youth of the Mendocino Coast since 1998. In that time, the Mendocino Lacrosse Club has never turned away a player because of an inability to pay dues or to purchase equipment. The formation of the Donald P. Hahn Memorial Scholarship Fund will ensure that we can support and expand the participation of needy and underserved youth.
The scholarship honors long-time coastal resident and Tobin's father, Donald Hahn, who passed away in early 2014. Don played lacrosse for Boys' Latin, a school co-owned by his father, Fred Hahn, who also served as headmaster. After earning 11 varsity letters at Boys' Latin, Don attended Princeton University where his record-breaking career culminated in a national championship in 1951. Don won many prestigious awards, including the Turnbull Award, three All-American designations, and election to the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
When lacrosse started in Mendocino, inexperienced players often relied on physicality over stick-work. Don would comment after a game, "Stick-work, stick-work, stick-work." The sport has come a long way in Northern California the last 20 years, and Don, one of the greatest assist makers in the history of the sport, would be proud of the progress our players have made.
Scholarships are issued for financial need and for merit. Parents can easily apply for need-based scholarships using our online form. For merit-based scholarships, athletes complete a simple paper application that also serves as valuable practice for job, college, and other scholarship applications. A teacher is also asked to provide input on academic integrity and effort for the merit-based scholarships. We feel the principles of respect and sportsmanship we teach on the field should be followed off the field as well.
How To Apply
Scholarships will be awarded based on financial need or on merit:
- Category 1: Financial Need
- Category 2: Merit
- Academic effort and integrity
- Sportsmanship and dedication to the sport of lacrosse
- Paper application
Application Document for Merit-Based Scholarships Only!