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Ira Mitzner Memorial Scholarship

$10,000 USIBA Boxing Scholarship

About Ira Mitzner

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.

Ira Mitzner boxing

Ira Mitzner

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 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

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

All completed applications must be submitted by May 1 to

The recipient of the scholarships will be announced on July 24, Ira’s birthday. 

Disbursement of funds will be on September 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 $5,000 each.

2018 Ira Mitzner Scholarship Winners

Ines Oulamine, Georgetown University

Ines Oulamine is a junior at Georgetown University where she studies international relations and Arabic. Boxing since her sophomore fall, she strives to continue to improve her technique and conditioning over the next two years. She also hopes to help the Georgetown boxing program grow and recruit more female boxers. When she isn’t hitting the bag, Ines tutors French, serves on the SFS Academic Council, and raises funds for the Hilltop Microfinance Initiative.

Hana Burkly, Georgetown University

Hana Burkly is senior pursuing a dual Bachelor's/Master's of Science degree in Global Health at Georgetown University. She is a two-time USIBA national champion, winning belts in 2016 and 2018 in the female 125-lb beginner and novice categories, respectively. She has boxed competitively for three years with Georgetown's boxing team, and hopes to lead the women's team to victory at nationals this upcoming year.

Sydney Luciano, Florida State University

Sydney Luciano is a senior at Florida State University pursuing a dual degree in psychology and business management.  She resurrected the floundering boxing club at FSU and, as their president and team captain, helped guide FSU to a third-place finish in the team standings at the 2018 USIBA National Championships.  She also competed at the event and won the “Fight of the Night” award for the championship bout in the female 152-pound division.  Sydney has put herself through school by concurrently working three different jobs and is very grateful to be a proud recipient of the Ira Mitzner Collegiate Boxing Scholarship.  She also frequently works with animal shelters to foster rescue dogs and find them permanent homes.