Q: What are the Scholar Athlete Awards?
A: The Scholar Athlete Awards are The Columbus Dispatch Sports section’s program jointly promoted with WBNS 10TV and ThisWeek Community Newspapers. The program is sponsored by The Motorists Insurance Group and 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 19 students.
Q: Who oversees the Scholar Athlete Awards?
A: The Sports department of The Columbus Dispatch oversees the Scholar Athlete Awards.
Q: How many scholarships are given?
A: For the 2014-15 school year, The Motorists Insurance Group and Wolfe Associates – the philanthropic arm of The Columbus Dispatch – will award 19 scholarships. The Sneed Family Foundation will presents a scholarship honoring Capt. Warren B. Sneed.
Q: Who is eligible for the awards?
A: Senior male and female scholar athletes who attend a high school within The Dispatch Sports section's primary high school sports coverage area are eligible. Each eligible school 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 are the criteria for nominations?
A: The athletic and/or guidance staff of each eligible high school nominates student athletes. 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 – high school coaches, athletic directors and guidance counselors as well as The Dispatch reporters and editors who report on those high schools. While the awards now receive greater public recognition, the intent remains to reflect and honor the choices of the school staffs. 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. The sports staff of The Columbus Dispatch selects the scholarship winners.
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.