Aisea “Bojack” Mataele Scholarship
A scholarship is being established in memory of Menlo-Atherton student/athlete Aisea “Bojack” Mataele who passed away in December during his first year of high school. Aisea epitomized the qualities and characteristics that M-A football players, and all student/athletes, strive to achieve. The Aisea “Bojack” Mataele Scholarship will be awarded to a football player who best represents the qualities and characteristics that Aisea demonstrated during his time at M-A. There are three key pillars that serve as the foundation of M-A Football which include academics, athletics and community. It is our goal, as a program, to develop our players to be the best students they can be, the best football players they can be, and the best people they can be.
Aisea embraced the challenge of exceeding expectations in all three areas that define M-A Football. As a student, he maintained a 4.0 GPA which was the result of working hard in the classroom. He easily gained the respect of his classmates, coaches and the adults in our community who knew him. As a football player, Aisea followed in his family’s footsteps playing football at M-A, but also playing basketball. He was one of the standouts on our freshman team (7-1 record) earning our Most Improved Player Award for his play on the field and his growth off it. As a person, Aisea was beloved by those around him, and deeply involved in his church. His positive impact was felt in athletics, at school, in his church and within his local community.
The “Aisea “Bojack” Mataele” Scholarship will go to an individual who represents the qualities that Aisea demonstrated – a true student-athlete who exceeds expectations in academic achievement, high athletic achievement, and is deeply involved in changing his community in a positive manner.
Keep Running, Aisea
It is no surprise then, that Aisea loved “The Flash.” Aisea: a boy who was just beginning to become a man, but who had already demonstrated to all who knew him, what kind of powers he possessed, and what kind of man he would be.
It is also no surprise that Aisea’s life was following such a positive lead.
The Mataele family’s roots are deep here at Menlo-Atherton High, and its branches spread wide. Aisea’s brother, Vuki, is a senior at M-A this year, and his younger brother, Kolo, will attend in a few years. Aisea’s mom, Monika, and his dad, Asi, both attended M-A, though not at the same time (they met at church, a cornerstone in both of their lives), as did Asi’s eight brothers and two sisters, and Monika’s two brothers. This makes for a lot of cousins who do or will attend or have attended M-A. And when it comes to the Mataeles and the M-A football program, our DNA feels nearly intertwined.
Make a Donation
The Scholarship Fund is supported entirely by voluntary contributions from our community. Any amount can make a huge difference in the future of these young adults. All contributions are tax deductible.