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 $2,500 Ira Mitzner Collegiate Boxing Scholarship can be applied for by:
Current USIBA members that have been an USIBA member for 6 months prior to June 15, 2022.
Member must have competed in 1 sanctioned bout, developmental or contested
Completed one semester of college
Must be a full-time student with a minimum of 12 credit hours
Must have a GPA 2.5 or higher
Complete the Application provided below
Obtain Letters of Recommendations from a coach and a non-family member utilizing the provided forms.
Package MUST Include:
Letter of Recommendations
Copy of Birth Certificate or Passport
College transcripts showing cumulative GPA
Submit Completed Application Package to: firstname.lastname@example.org
In the subject line of the email put your name and the words “Mitzner Scholarship”.
Applications must be received by June 15, 2022.
There will be four $2,500 scholarships awarded. The recipients of the scholarships will be announced on July 24, Ira’s Birthday.