Ira Mitzner was born in Brooklyn NY, in 1947. His grandfather introduced him to the sport of boxing at a young age. Although boxing didn’t play a prominent role again in Ira’s life until he was 50, the tenacity, toughness and courage he learned at a young age from his exposure to the sport was evident throughout his life.

Ira enjoyed a very successful career as a lawyer and got great pleasure from mentoring associates and paralegals. He always mentored with a quiet determination and a tough, but caring, and insightful presence.   

At 50 years old Ira took up the sport of boxing again. Being in the ring was his exercise, his stress reliever, and his joy for the last 16 years of his life. He was a dedicated student of the sport. He did not want to box competitively, but each time he entered the ring he wanted to be his best and challenge his trainer. His coach enabled Ira to flourish in the ring, and maximized his strengths. Ira introduced friends and associates to boxing and often said he wanted to afford young boxers the opportunity to develop the toughness, perseverance and courage that boxing had afforded him. 

The Ira Mitzner Collegiate Boxing Scholarship is being established in his name to allow a student, who demonstrates the same love and dedication to the sport of boxing, to pursue an education and enable them to develop the character needed to be as successful as Ira was in both school and on the stage of life. Ira’s family has established this scholarship to honor a truly brave, talented, intelligent, and courageous man, who was deeply loved and respected by many. 


Who Can Apply For the Scholarship?

The $10,000 Ira Mitzner Collegiate Boxing Scholarship can be applied for by:

Any currently enrolled undergraduate student attending a four-year college or university, who is also a competitive boxer for a United States Intercollegiate Boxing Association member club. 


Any high school senior accepted to a four year college or university, who will be a competitive boxer in the United States Intercollegiate Boxing Association Championships and start a member club. 

To be considered for the scholarship the student must submit:

1) Completed application
2) Letter of recommendation from their current coach

3) Copy of their current transcripts

4) Signed release form allowing us to contact your school

*Financial need, GPA and a demonstrated commitment to academics will be considered in the selection process.   


How To Apply For the Scholarship?


All completed applications must be submitted by June 15 to scholarship@collegeboxing.org

*Previous applications sent to mitznerscholarship@gmail.com are not valid. Please resubmit to scholarship@collegeboxing.org

The recipient of the scholarship will be announced on August 1. 

The scholarship will be applied to the cost of tuition and paid directly to the recipient's college or university in two installments of $5000 each.