The Jordyn Clark Memorial College Scholarship is being established in 2021 to honor an incredible, passionate Concordia St. Paul soccer goalkeeper who died by suicide on January 12, 2021. Jordyn masked her anxiety and depression from all that knew and loved her until she could no longer bear the pain she was shouldering. Scholarships will support senior soccer players who exemplify the qualities of Jordyn.
Jordyn (aka: J, JC, Clarky, Sunshine, Sis, Baby girl) was recognized by her peers as one of the best players and teammates ever to step on the pitch.
While Jordyn's talent and contributions were clearly valued in the net, what truly made her an MVP was her impact away from the field. Jordyn was a friend to everyone; advocate to the under-served and the center of activities from team-building exercises to.... fun.
"In the early part of 2015 I recruited Jordyn to play our college team originally based on her technical soccer abilities, however after one brief conversation I knew I needed her on my program based on her unbelievable charismatic personality. Clarky swiftly became my kind of student athlete. On the field she worked hard in training, loved the game and her enthusiasm for soccer will be hard to surpass. Even during the times she was injured her smile lightened any moment and she bounced back stronger than ever. Her senior year was her best, but the work she put in to get there should not go unnoticed. JC is the most decorated goalkeeper in the history of CSP women's soccer, she was named the NSIC Goalkeeper of the Year in leading the Golden Bears to the 2019 NSIC Regular Season Championship, the first in the history of the program. She was recognized by the United Soccer Coaches as well as the D2CCA as an All-Central Region First Team selection. She worked hard to gain these accolades and enjoyed the process.
Off the field her impact on our program is immeasurable. She understood what the team meant to everyone and knew how to engage with every single person. Clarky was a bright light and was loved by everyone at CSP. Without doubt she brought me challenges and pushed me to be a better coach, better mentor. We laughed together, we cried together and we celebrated together.
Jordyn's mission to be a bright light in this world will go on and she will be honored with the memories she created", said Steve Bellis, head women soccer coach at Concordia St. Paul.
Jordyn coached at Edina Soccer Club and Park Valley United for goalkeepers and a U10 team, coaching with an emphasis on having fun, developing mentally as a team, as well as technical and tactical skills. Her leadership was always accompanied by a brilliant smile, positive attitude and a dose of hype, in true Jordyn style.
The scholarship application consists of highlight characteristics of applicants on and off the soccer field. Application is collaborative with the coach and youth athlete and can be submitted via a formal essay, video recording, audio recording, slideshow etc. after completing the initial form application.