The Dimitrios Scholarship Fund honors supporter Dimitrios "Jim" Tsatsis and his love of the beatuiful game. Jim grew up in a small Greek village in the mountains near the Albanian border where, with little equipment or flat ground, he and his friends often had to walk up to two miles just to find a patch of grass to play soccer on. Jim immigrated to the United States, later joining the U.S.Army and gaining American citizenship.

While stationed in Europe, Jim played for his regiment's soccer team, earning a spot against 150 others at tryouts. His squad played matches as a relationship builder with other NATO allies, German villagers and even some second division clubs. This also enabled Jim to connect with fellow soldiers and Americans.

After the war, Jim returned to the U.S. and relocated to the Chicagoland area, where he continues his passion for soccer and spends time with his family.


In summer 2016, the Mark and Mary Ann Kaufman Foundation generously donated a significant endowment in Jim's name to establish the Dimitrios Tsatsis Scholarship Fund. The Dimitrios Tsatis Scholarship Fund provides concentrated funding at a higher level than the general Development Academy Scholarship Program. Recipients are elite Development Academy players who have significant playing potential and great personal financial need. Awards are expected to be about twice the amount of the general scholarships in order to cover all the player's participation costs. Academy Directors may nominate one boy and/or one girl to receive this scholarship.


The Academy Director or an Academy Staff member from the DA Club nominates a player, providing information about why the player should be awarded the extra scholarship funds. The Academy Director is also required to confirm in writing that the Club will cover any additional costs incurred by the player that is not covered by the award.

Players must complete the DA Scholarship Application and meet the basic eligibility requirements for the DA Scholarship Program to be eligible to receive the Dimitrios Tsatsis Scholarship Fund award.