|Q: What are the Scholar Athlete Awards?
A: The Scholar Athlete Awards is a program of The Columbus Dispatch Sports
section, jointly promoted with WBNS 10TV and ThisWeek Community Newspapers.
The program is sponsored by The Motorists Insurance Group. It honors the top male
and female scholar athletes at more than 100 central Ohio high schools. In existence
for more than 25 years, the program awards college scholarships to
Q: Who oversees the Scholar Athlete Awards?
A: The Scholar Athlete Awards are overseen by the Sports department of The Columbus Dispatch.
Q: How many scholarships are given?
A: For the 2013-14 school year, 19 scholarships will be given by The Motorists
Insurance Group and Wolfe Associates, the philanthropic arm of The Columbus
Dispatch. A scholarship, honoring Capt. Warren B. Sneed, is presented by
The Sneed Family Foundation.
Q: Who is eligible for the awards?
A: Senior male and female scholar athletes who attend the high schools within The
Dispatch Sports section's primary high school sports coverage area are eligible. Each
of the eligible schools may nominate one male and one female scholar athlete for
consideration. In the case of single-gender schools, one nomination is accepted.
Each year, The Dispatch Sports section asks more than 100 area high schools to
participate in the Scholar Athlete Awards process. The number may vary slightly from
year to year depending on sports coverage.
Q: How are students nominated and what is the criteria for nominations?
A: Students are nominated by the athletic and/or guidance staffs of each of the high
schools. Nominating criteria include involvement on varsity sports teams, leadership
and/or exemplary performance in team athletics and in the classroom, community
involvement/service, and grades and/or college admission scores. Some school
officials also consider financial need.
Q: Can individuals nominate students for the awards?
A; No. These awards were created by The Dispatch Sports section to honor area high
school scholar-athlete excellence as recognized and singled out by the individuals
closest to the student athletes. First and foremost, the coaches, athletic directors
and guidance counselors of the high schools themselves; and second, The Dispatch
reporters and editors who cover them. While the awards now receive greater public
recognition, the intent remains to reflect and honor the choices of the school
Therefore, outside nominations are not accepted.
Q: Who selects the Scholar Athlete Awards scholarship winners?
A: Every student nominated by his or her high school is honored as a scholar athlete and
receives a plaque and mention in a special feature in the pages of The Dispatch Sports
section in late May, and through WBNS 10TV and ThisWeek Community Newspapers.
Scholarship winners are selected by the sports staff of The Columbus Dispatch.
Q: What are the criteria for determining Scholar Athlete Awards winners?
A: The criteria for choosing award winners mirror the criteria for nominations:
involvement in high school varsity sports teams, leadership and/or exemplary
performance in team athletics and in the classroom, community involvement/service,
grades and/or college admission scores, and financial need.