Tanner Greening received several scholarships to play collegiate soccer this next fall and he added another one just this week.
Greening became the first recipient of a new scholarship established by Don Jose’s in Duncan in its inaugural year.
Tony Lopez and his family established the scholarship in honor of his late father, Jose N. Lopez. The Jose Lopez Scholarship Foundation benefits seniors who play soccer in Duncan and Stephens County.
Lopez presented the scholarship to Greening in the Wednesday Chamber of Commerce Virtual Hour. The scholarship for Greening totaled $1,500 and Lopez hopes the scholarship will benefit many more people in the future.
“I am really excited and overwhelmed with joy that we were able to do this and we had plans to do this at the school, but with everything going on, we weren’t able to,” Lopez said. “This is the first year and we have a candidate in Mr. Tanner Grenning who … will be our first to start this Jose Lopez Scholarship Foundation.”
Tony said his father was a big soccer fan. Those who enter the restaurant know it isn’t uncommon to see soccer playing on some of the TVs. All of this is why he wanted to do something in his late father’s honor.
“He had a love for the sport and I wanted to do something to remember him and to always pay it forward and be a blessing to someone one else and give back to the community,” Lopez said. “It is just a blessing to be continued — it is the start of something. Next year we will hopefully be able to do it at the school. We will have a young lady and young man to give a scholarship to, but today our focus is with Mr. Tanner. His name was given to me by a close friend of mine and I thought he was the perfect fit.”
Upon handing the check to Greening, Lopez said the plan going forward looks to provide $1,000 for each young lady and young man, but an anonymous donation this year made it possible to give a little more.
Earlier in the school year, Greening decided to sign to play collegiate soccer at Mid-America Christian University. He said he feels humbled by the support and to receive the inaugural scholarship award.
“I am truly blessed to accept this scholarship and thank you very much,” Greening said.
Currently playing for the Duncan 2020 U19 team, Greening and his teammates will have their next game at 11 a.m. June 20 at Abe Raizen Park in Duncan when they will play McAlester.
The team will play back-to-back with the next game at 2 p.m. June 21 in Lawton against MacArthur.