SHS student signs with D3 college to play soccer

SHS student signs with D3 college to play soccer

Scottsburg High School soccer captain and valedictorian Matthew Jerrell’s dreams are coming true — he will play soccer in the fall while studying in an accredited, direct-entry pharmacy program at Ohio Northern University, a National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III college.

While at Ohio Northern University, Jerrell will receive an academic scholarship for $17,000 per year, which is renewable for four years of his college education. The Division III college does not offer athletic scholarships.

“I have always pushed my limits and the next step after high school soccer was college,” Jerrell said. “It was a dream I have always had to play at a higher level and Ohio Northern University offered me that.”

Since Jerrell was 3-years-old, he has been playing soccer. His love for the sport continued to grow as he grew older, so much that he went on to improve to a level where he could play for the Indiana State Olympic Development team.

“I was on this state team for over three years, and we played other state teams during tournaments in Alabama or Tennessee and in the summer would travel to regional camp and compete against more state teams. During club season, I played for Southern Indiana United and would compete against teams throughout the region in different states,” Jerrell said.

With his passion for soccer and his discipline for pushing himself to the next level, Jerrell set several school records, including scoring the most goals in a season (34); most goals in a career (81); most goals in a game (7); most goal as a freshman (15); and most assists in one game (3).

“Athletically, SHS has been the place to push me to my limits in efforts to be in the best shape and the best athlete I can be,” Jerrell said.

Even with Jerrell’s athletic talent in soccer, Jerrell also has a strong work ethic when it comes to academics. His dedication and diligence in his studies has resulted in him being his class’ valedictorian and in him being accepted into one of a handful of direct-entry, accredited pharmacy schools in the country.

“The Raabe College of Pharmacy at Ohio Northern University is over a hundred years and has always produced high-quality pharmacists. I wanted to continue my education at an institute that would be able to challenge me and so I picked this university,” Jerrell said. “To be accepted, I had to complete an application that also involved two letters of recommendation and an essay. After this process, I was selected to travel to ONU and complete an interview that was later followed with a timed essay. I, then, waited another month to see if I was selected into their program or not.”

At Ohio Northern University, Jerrell will go directly into the pharmacy program, so later, he will not have to apply to a pharmacy program after finishing his liberal arts education courses. He will finish his pharmacy program six years after graduating from high school.

“I have always wanted to do something in health care and I learned about pharmacy as a freshman. I continued learning about it and job shadowed until I realized that this was the health care profession I wanted to pursue,” Jerrell said. “At SHS I had many different learning opportunities educationally in many challenging courses. I believe New Tech helped me with the aspect of group projects and working well with other people while my college-preparatory classes helped me understand how to manage a hard workload.”