Applications closed on December 30, 2016
We're giving away $20,000 to student athletes!
Thanks to all our awesome athletes who applied this year!
We are now in the process of reading your applications and deciding the lucky 20 that will qualify for this amazing opportunity.
How to enter
- Step 1: Check Your Eligibility. Take a look at the eligibility requirements to see if you qualify for the scholarship.
- Step 2: Get the Details. Check out the about page to get all of the information on key dates, judging criteria and prizing.
- Step 3: Start Your Application. Tell us how you are a leader on and off the field. Applications are due at 5pm EST on December 30.
Abbie Nelson is an an academic all-state softball player from Nebraska. She’s received an all-state honorable mention for her softball prowess. She currently serves as the senior class secretary. Upon returning from a life-changing mission trip to the Dominican Republic, Abbie started a community-wide initiative called Giving Gloves. While on her trip, Abbie was struck by the fact that Dominican students were incredibly passionate about baseball— often playing boisterous pick-up games in the streets— but generally did not have any appropriate equipment. Abbie decided to collect and donate items of sports gear to local children in the Dominican Republic. To date, Abbie has personally overseen the collection, shipment, and distribution of over 3,000 pounds in sports equipment to the Dominican Republic,— over 1,500 kids have been impacted by the equipment donation. Inspired by life experiences, Abbie aspires to double-major in psychology and nonprofit administration at the University of Northwestern in St. Paul, MN.
- Location: Holdrege, NE
- Sports(s): 1) School Softball 2) Flames of NE Red Hots Softball Club Team
- GPA: 4
- College: University of Northwestern
Arshia Sabir is an ambitious volleyball player living in Reseda, California. When Arshia immigrated to the United States from Pakistan, her family was split up and she was left alone to adjust to her new country. With her mother still in Pakistan, her sister busy with college, and her father working in a different state to support them, she was left with an adult’s share of responsibilities. She encountered bullying in her new school, and after a period of struggle with insecurity and poor self-esteem, she joined the volleyball team with the hopes of making friends. She had never played volleyball before and struggled at first to learn the practical skills, but was immediately welcomed and accepted by her teammates and coaches, who supported her as she improved and grew. She now impressively serves as the president of her school’s interclub council, and is a talented inventor— she’s an International Genius Olympiad (receiving the top award at international science fair). Arshia is also an active community volunteer who serves as a librarian and middle school mentor at her local library, and was honored with a US Congressional Award for community service.
- Location: Reseda, CA
- Sports(s): For the last three years, I have played Volleyball at Magnolia Science Academy. I have been very involved and dedicated through the seasons. In fact, I have never missed a practice ora game. I am a middle blocker/ libero of the team because I am better a
- GPA: 4.21
- College: University of California Los Angeles
Bailey Schott is an impressive basketball player from Danville, New Hampshire. He is a leader on his school’s basketball team and an active community service leader. A few years ago, Bailey’s best friend tragically committed suicide. Lost and angry, Bailey found solace through throwing himself into sports. He credits his resilience in processing and accepting the tragedy to the strength he gained on the court. In the face of this loss, Bailey learned difficult but important lessons about life, friendship, and adulthood. These insights deepened his commitment to helping others and giving back to his community through volunteer work with several different organizations. Bailey spearheads all local Project Hope initiatives, fervently fundraising for cancer research and general patient care— a cause that he’s particularly invested in given his family’s own experience with the disease. He is also passionate about addressing a growing obesity epidemic in his state, and hopes to be an advocate in his community for the benefits of physical activity and spending time outdoors.
- Location: Danville, NH
- Sports(s): Basketball and baseball
- GPA: 4.19
- College: TBD
Cooper Barghols is an extraordinary football and golf player from Oro Valley, Arizona. He has won the President’s Academic Achievement Gold Award and placed as a National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalist. When Cooper was in middle school, he was diagnosed with leukemia. However, five years after his initial diagnosis, Cooper was able to achieve what he once thought was impossible— he was able to join the varsity football team. He excelled on the field, defied all expectations and was eventually elected captain. Drawing from his own experience as a pediatric cancer patient itching to be active, Cooper started his own 501(c)3 called Coop’s Clan, which seeks to enhance the patient experience for children battling pediatric cancer by providing them ways to keep active and engaged during their treatments.
- Location: Oro Valley, AZ
- Sports(s): Football - 9 (JV), 10 (JV/Varsity), 11 (Varsity), 12 (Varsity - Team Captain); Golf - 9 (Varsity - School Rookie of the Year), 10 (Varsity), 11 (Varsity - Team Captain), 12 (Varsity - Team Captain); Oro Valley Country Club Junior Merit Golf Scholarship P
- GPA: 4
- College: TBD
Cristabel Otero Castaneda
Cristabel Castaneda is a sensational varsity swimming star from San Diego, California. She has been swimming her entire life, and credits her experiences with the sport and her teammates for teaching her invaluable lessons about leadership, facing challenges, and the importance of encouraging and empowering others. She has been able to apply these skills in her efforts to better her community and help those around her - she has co-founded two organizations: the Girls In STEM conference (with the help of her robotics team) which works to motivate low-income, minority girls to engage with and envision careers in STEM fields, and the FULL Project, which provides food for students who qualify for free-lunch during non-school hours. In terms of her future, she envisions a career that will allow her to combine her passions for engineering and community service. She would like to create an international engineering organization that provides clean water, adequate housing, and electricity for those in need.
- Location: San Diego, CA
- Sports(s): Swimming at City Heights recreation center Varsity cross country at the Preuss School
- GPA: 4.29
- College: TBD
Dallin Bentley is an effervescent multi-sport athlete from South Jordan, Utah. He is the captain of his school’s varsity lacrosse team, and last season was named the team MVP and awarded honorable mention all-state. When he first entered high school, Dallin was diagnosed with clinical depression. His parents were desperate to find an outlet for some of his frustration, and encouraged him to continue in lacrosse. The support of his coaches and teammates motivated him and allowed him to begin to recognize his own value, and the sport itself allowed him to rediscover a sense of purpose and self-confidence that his depression had destroyed. He has since developed a strong commitment to service activities, and recently traveled to Cusco, Peru to volunteer as a part of his Eagle Scout service project. He has excelled in giving service to his community in student government as a vice president of the student body
- Location: South Jordan, UT
- Sports(s): Lacrosse Wrestling Turkey Bowl Indoor Soccer Junior Jazz
- GPA: 3.95
- College: TBD
Evan Routhier is a passionate and committed student-athlete from Mequon, Wisconsin. He has excelled in athletics as a cross-country and track runner, serving as the varsity cross country team captain and earning MVP recognition. As a student, Evan’s passions are diverse. He has won several scholarships to attend summer intensive programs at Williams College, Chapman University, and Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea. He is also a talented musician - he is the first chair bassist in the symphony and has performed at Carnegie Hall with his chamber orchestra. Amidst his other commitments, one of Evan's biggest priorities is to give back to his community. As a committed member of the Eagle Scouts, he has undertaken many civic improvement projects including book drives, nature trail clean-up, and local park restoration. Evan credits his mom as his greatest source of inspiration— when the 2008 downturn in the economy forced his dad to leave home in search of work, his mom was left to raise him while working as a teacher. Her example taught determination, perseverance, and selflessness - all values that have shaped him into the leader and positive role model he has become.
- Location: Mequon, WI
- Sports(s): 1. Homestead Cross Country 2. Homestead Track and Field 3. Homestead Hockey
- GPA: 3.98
- College: TBD
Gile Alimasi is a vivacious football and soccer player who currently resides in New Caney, Texas. Gile moved to the US from Africa as a middle schooler, where he was placed into a foster home. Upon arriving, he struggled to adjust to the new environment and to overcome significant language and cultural barriers. But instead of letting these obstacles deter him, he addressed them head on, insisting on getting involved in various clubs and organizations at school. He was eventually elected Student Body President and became President of the National Honor Society. Gile was also one of twelve students from across the country selected to participate in the highly selective Bezos Scholars Program— a leadership development program for public high school juniors run by the Bezos Family Foundation. Gile feels grateful for his experience in the American education system, but doesn't want to be seen as a rare story of success- he is passionate about supporting other students by improving access to educational opportunities. To this end, he co-led and initiated a group called Momentum, an organization that’s working to increase low income students’ access to higher education by connecting students directly to college admissions officers and career representatives.
- Location: New Caney, TX
- Sports(s): Varsity Football and Varsity Soccer
- GPA: 3.96
- College: TBD
Jesus Valenzuela is a fierce, dynamic basketball player from Tuscon, Arizona. To Jesus, basketball has been more than just a sport- it has been significant in showing him how to address and overcome personal adversity. Jesus' life changed drastically ay age 11, when both of his parents were unexpectedly deported under the Arizona’s SB 1070 crackdown. From there, he was passed through a rotation of living arrangements, which forced him to mature and become self-reliant very quickly. Through basketball, he learned resilience, focus, and determination, and these skills allowed him to persevere and be successful. Now, as captain of his school’s varsity basketball team, he hopes to be a strong example of how to use the lessons learned in basketball throughout other areas of life. He has also become passionate about supporting youth who find themselves situations similar to his own- through non-profit volunteer work at Youth on Their Own, immigration reform advocacy, and youth mentorship.
- Location: Tucson, AZ
- Sports(s): Basketball has always been my safe-haven especially throughout my four years in high school. Nonetheless, I've tried to stay focused on basketball and have done so while trying to maintain my academic success.
- GPA: 4
- College: TBD
Jia Yi Li
Jia Yi Li is a spirited basketball and tennis player from Portland, Oregon. Jia Yi grew up in South China with her grandparents, until her parents, who were working the US, raised enough money to bring her over to the States. Frustrated with her semi-conservative family and upbringing, she is incredibly vocal about shifting the stereotypical narrative and image surrounding “girls” and “femininity.” She is making strides to get her family and broader community to accept that girls who choose to be more “masculine,” “aggressive,” and/or “sporty” are still just girls. She is also the President and Founder of the Red Cross Youth Council in Portland. Upon learning that Portland has the second-highest rate of domestic minor sex-trafficking in the United States, Jia Yi got involved with a club called “Stop the Trade” to help combat the epidemic. As for her future- Jia Yi aspires to be a rocket scientist!
- Location: Portland, OR
- Sports(s): 1. Varsity Basketball 2. Varsity Tennis
- GPA: 3.96
- College: TBD
Joanna Muniz is a rockstar multi-sport athlete from South Richmondhill, New York. She is an All-Division Lacrosse player and holds the record for the highest number of goals scored in a girls varsity lacrosse season in the New York City region. In addition to her athletics, she also co-founded and leads an organization called Positive Behavior Intervention Support, which seeks to teach high schoolers how to be empowering role models in the face of drugs, alcohol, and other negative influences. Joanna is also the Student Body President at her school. At a very young age, Joanna was admitted into the foster care system in New York. After being separated from her biological siblings and her parents, who were unfortunately involved in gang violence and drug trafficking, she was bounced from home to home. In spite of her volatile childhood, Joanna is determined to succeed.
- Location: south richmondhill, NY
- Sports(s): Girls Varsity Lacrosse Girls Varsity Track Girls Varsity Soccer National Honor Society(NHS)
- GPA: 3.56
- College: TBD
Joe’Shawn Head is an incredibly intelligent multi-sport athlete from Chicago, Illinois. Joe’Shawn is trained in and skilled at archery and fencing, but was introduced to cross country as a freshman. Joe’Shawn found that running is where he truly excels. He has since been named Runner of the Year and served as varsity Leader of the cross country team, a position he hoped will give him the opportunity to build a more welcoming and accepting team environment. When Joe’Shawn first entered the Chicago elementary schools system, he was tagged as "Functionally illiterate," a label he was stuck with until the fourth grade. Through copious self-teaching, self-advocating, and determination, he succeeded in reaching the benchmark for reading for his age level within months. His hard work and continuing education have since allowed Joe'Shawn to be effective in his commitment to advocacy and service. In an attempt to help others through the process of dealing with their personal experiences with sexual assault and in order to prevent others from experiencing sexual assault, he became a lead voice in his schools YWCA Sexual Assault Awareness Club to create a space for students who've had difficult experiences. Joe’Shawn is also fascinated by international relations, the UN, and US involvement abroad. He is a top student in his Honors Arabic class and received a service award for volunteering at a battered women’s shelter in Morocco during a study abroad trip. Joe’Shawn hopes to one day be a diplomat or a UN Ambassador.
- Location: Chicago, IL
- Sports(s): Cross-Country / Track Team Archery Team Fencing Team Boys Swim Team
- GPA: 4.57
- College: TBD
Ku’ulei Osako is a talented soccer and volleyball player who lives in Sacramento, California. A committed athlete, Ku’ulei is the captain of the varsity soccer team, received an all-conference player award, and played on the all-state team this year. She has long been passionate about soccer, and serves as a coach in a league for younger children in impoverished communities. Growing up, her mother was a severe drug addict and her father was eventually incarcerated. Her mother was left to raise six children, while recovering from a drug addiction, and working three or four jobs. This situation forced Ku’ulei to become very independent and self-reliant, but she has been steadfast in the face of adversity. Being extremely family orientated, she currently works over twenty hours a week at a local pizza parlor to help support her family.
- Location: Saramento, CA
- Sports(s): JFK Women's Varsity Soccer Sacramento Soccer Alliance Indoor Soccer
- GPA: 3.85
- College: TBD
Leesa Greenwood is an inspiring basketball player from Fort Walton Beach, Florida. She excels on the court and in the classroom - she has earned the role of varsity basketball captain while maintaining her rank in the top ten percent of her class and her place in the National Honors Society. Basketball is is more than just a sport for Leesa- it is something she has looked to for motivation, community, and self-expression, and has guided her through the struggles in her life. Leesa had a difficult childhood- growing up in a dangerous neighborhood exposed her family to addiction, hunger, violence, homelessness, and more. When Leesa was nine, her mother passed away from cancer, leaving the rest of the family devastated. Leesa's father was having an especially difficult time coping, and when Leesa discovered that playing basketball together allowed the two of them to connect and communicate, they began to play every day. Since his passing, Leesa has continued to play basketball to honor and remember her father. Basketball has helped Leesa to overcome a great deal of adversity— she coached an inner-city youth basketball team, which allowed her to give back to her community through the sport.
- Location: Fort Walton Beach, FL
- Sports(s): Varsity Girls Basketball Varsity Girls Flag Football
- GPA: 4.2
- College: TBD
Logan Roberts is a dependable, resolute multi-sport athlete who lives in Shenandoah, Iowa. He has served as his varsity football team’s captain for two years and received an all-district honorable mention for football. In addition, he’s qualified for the State Championships in track for three years in a row. Logan is also a talented singer, and is a member of both the Southwest Iowa Choir and the Iowa All-State Choir. At the age of fourteen, Logan moved out of his mother’s home when he recognized that she was a negative influence and unable to support him. He was taken in by his best friend and teammate, and within a year, the family had legally adopted him— providing Logan with a fresh start. Grateful for the support of those around him during this time, Logan has become incredibly passionate about education and mentoring. He is determined to return to his community and become a middle school teacher after graduating college.
- Location: Shenandoah, IA
- Sports(s): Football, Wrestling, Track.
- GPA: 3.88
- College: TBD
Mary Kaitlyn Wheeler
Mary Kaitlyn Wheeler is an tenacious multi-event track and field athlete from Adrian, Georgia. For most of her life, Mary Kaitlyn has battled bone cancer— a struggle that unfortunately left her dependent on a cane or wheelchair for mobility. Despite that, she has remained consistently determined to participate in sports— she stubbornly told her parents upon entering high school that she was committed to earning a letter jacket by the time she graduated even though sports offered through her high school would not be accessible to her. After extensive research, she found that it would be possible for her compete with the track and field team as a wheelchair athlete, eligible for three different events. Since declaring her desire for varsity involvement, Mary Kaitlyn has far surpassed her goal: she has won the Georgia Track and Field State Championship Trophy for the past three years, and has racked up over eight first place finishes across her three events. Her greatest passion, though, is for community growing, sustainable agriculture, and supporting local farmers She serves as both a Future Farmers of America Chapter President and State officer, and hopes to eventually delve into the business side of agriculture and sustainable growing.
- Location: Adrian, GA
- Sports(s): Track & Field - I compete in the Wheelchair 200, 800 and shot put events.
- GPA: 3.69
- College: TBD
Olive Umeh is a sparkling multi-sport athlete from the Bronx, New York. She is currently the captain of her school’s softball team and a dedicated, passionate runner on the cross-country team. As a young child, Olive was a victim of sexual abuse at the hands of a family member in her home country of her Nigeria. When her father finally brought her to the US, she found herself drawn to sports and athletics as a way to heal. As she got older, she began to deeply commit herself to learning about law and policy-making in order to help protect other young girls from crimes perpetrated by family members. Olive is also a temporary teacher in kindergarten classes in an inner-city school. She has struggled to reconcile her identity as someone who has lived in Africa, Europe and now in the United States, but her continuous travels and constant childhood relocations have inspired a sense of worldliness and a deep desire to travel.
- Location: bronx, NY
- Sports(s): Varsity Softball , Captain Volleyball, General member Track and field's, General member
- GPA: 3.8
- College: TBD
Shivraj Sandhu is a tenacious soccer and tennis player hailing from Wilson, North Carolina. In tennis, Shivraj is ranked as the number one seed on his tennis and is the standing All-State Conference and Regional Doubles champion. Shivraj regularly volunteers providing tennis lessons to low-income children who otherwise would not be able to afford them - a cause he feels very personally connected to, having gone through the experience himself. Additionally, he is the founder and President of a non-profit called (L)earn of NC, where he collects used computers from businesses and individuals across the community, then provides children with the opportunity to both learn fundamental computer skills and take home a working used computer. For this initiative, he has been presented with the President's Volunteer Service Award and Certificates of Recognition from the Governor and Senators of North Carolina. Shivraj is determined to be successful and give back to those in need in order to honor his hard-working and compassionate father, who raised Shivraj on his own and gave up opportunities to further his own dreams in order to provide a better life for his family.
- Location: Wilson, NC
- Sports(s): Varsity Soccer, Wilson Select Club Soccer, Varsity Tennis, and Lake Wilson Club Tennis
- GPA: 5
- College: TBD
Tevin Skeete is vibrant, genial basketball-turned-volleyball player residing in Saint Albans, New York. Towering at 6"6', Tevin began his athletic career playing basketball, but decided to give volleyball a try after being offered a spot on a team. Picking up a new sport wasn't the first challenge Tevin had encountered in his life. In ninth grade, he immigrated to America from Guyana. The move tore him away from his home, friends, and family, and threw him into an unfamiliar culture with a different set of values and traditions. The adjustment was difficult, but Tevin dedicated himself to adapting to America and within a year, was fluent in English and excelling in school. He approached volleyball with the same intensity - and surprised himself and his community with his ability to learn and improve, quickly becoming a crucial member of the team and earning the honor of co-captain. Outside of athletics, Tevin tutors middle schoolers at his church and works part time at K-Mart to help make ends meet. He was accepted to Junior 100// Pathways to Success, a prestigious NYC youth development program. He is an example of strength and perseverance, and a leader to his teammates and community.
- Location: Saint Albans, NY
- Sports(s): I am a Varsity Volleyball (Team Captain) and Basketball player for Benjamin N Cardozo High School. I am also a member of the Legacy Volleyball Club Association Of NYC.
- GPA: 3.4
- College: TBD
Victoria Powell is an outstanding basketball and track athlete from New Jersey native residing in Atlanta, Georgia. Victoria’s athletic prowess is unmatched— she is a 16-time Junior Olympian and a back-to-back State Track and Field Champion, and was a standout two sport athlete until an injury pulled her off he basketball court. Beyond her talent, though, she has demonstrated a commitment to creating an inclusive and welcoming space for students of all identities at her high school and her community at large. In her school, she has been active in opening conversations about inclusivity and the rights of herself and others. She leads the Teens Against Prejudice group, where students work tirelessly to address community issues pertaining to stereotyping, racial profiling, and homophobia. An unparalleled student, Victoria is part of both the Honor Roll and National Honors Society. Victoria is passionate about journalism and storytelling and aspires one day to be a broadcast journalist.
- Location: Mableton, GA
- Sports(s): I compete for the Gazelle Track Club out of Marietta, Georgia. We travel across the country to run in amateur track meets such as the AAU and USATF Junior Olympics. I also run for the Lovett Girls' Varsity Track and Field team during the school year.
- GPA: 3.7
- College: Baylor University