Footlocker may be your preferred source for new kicks, but for some students, it offers much more than new sneakers. Like many other large companies, Foot Locker believes in giving back to the communities around their stores. As such, it offers a scholarship competition each year to help make college more affordable to student-athletes. Currently, Foot Locker is awarding massive scholarships, each worth $20,000, to 20 different students who are in their final year of high school.
In order to be eligible for this scholarship, students must meet a number of different criteria set out by the company. First of all, students are required to demonstrate that they excel in both academics and athletics. A minimum high school grade point average of 3.0 is required in order to apply. Furthermore, students must be a current team member of a school-sanctioned or out-of-school sports team. In addition, all applicants must plan to attend an accredited, four-year institution that is located within the United States for their college studies. Only students who plan to immediately attend college after their high school graduation will be considered. Lastly, students must be a resident or citizen of the United States and not have a family member who works for Foot Locker.
When evaluating applications, students are judged on a number of different criteria. The first is how well the student demonstrates academic excellence, such as intellectual curiosity and meeting academic goals. The second is the student’s ability to demonstrate moral character and good sportsmanship. This can be shown through fostering strong relationships with team members or within the community. The third criterion is the ability to be an enthusiastic leader. Fourthly, students are evaluated on their ability to empower the community where they reside. Additionally, students are evaluated based on their unique and diverse experiences and their ability to be considered Scholar Athlete material.
In terms of the prizes, twenty students will be awarded the grand prize of a $20,000 scholarship. This scholarship will be split into four awards worth $5,000, which will be awarded once per year over a four-year period to the winners. One of these twenty students will also be chosen to receive special recognition as the Ken C. Hicks Scholar. This scholarship will provide an additional $5,000 to one student for showing love of sports, educational excellence, and strong leadership skills. The funds can be used to defray the cost of tuition, student fees, and other education materials.
In order to apply for this scholarship, students should plan to apply as early as possible once the application cycle opens on September 28th. Students have until December 16th to complete their application online. Students can also be nominated for this scholarship by other individuals, using the online form which is located at this website. After the application process, top candidates will be chosen to complete a Skype interview. In April of each year, the twenty students who are chosen as the winners of the award are announced.