The Foot Locker Scholar Athletes program honors student-athletes who demonstrate exceptional academic ability and strong leadership skills in sports, in their schools, and within their communities.

Whether you're the lead scorer or the most spirited team player, we want to hear how you have taken the skills you've cultivated in the locker room and used to them create a powerful, positive impact on the lives of others around you.

Judging Criteria

In order to be eligible for the Foot Locker Scholar Athletes program, the applicant must:

  • Embody good sportsmanship and strong moral character. Foot Locker Scholar Athletes are trusted and respected members of their schools and communities. They have built strong relationships with and will leave a lasting impact on other students, administrators, and community members.
  • Be passionate and committed to empowering the community in which they live. Foot Locker Scholar Athletes have made a significant long-term commitment to improving the lives of others.
  • Be a confident and enthusiastic leader. Foot Locker Scholar Athletes aren’t reluctant role models. They are poised, honest, and passionate leaders who take on challenges for the greater good.
  • Display academic excellence. Foot Locker Scholar Athletes are intellectually curious, set high academic goals for themselves, and excel in their studies.
  • Come from a diverse background. Foot Locker Scholar Athletes have unique life stories, are from different places, have varied academic ambitions, and play a wide range of sports.
  • Be Foot Locker Scholar Athletes material. Foot Locker Scholar Athletes share key attributes:
    • Proactive and highly motivated
    • Inspiring and charismatic
    • Honest and trustworthy
    • Genuine
    • Strong and Courageous

Prizing

Twenty Foot Locker Scholar Athletes will each receive $20,000 in college scholarship money for their excellence in school, on their sports teams, and in their communities.

The scholarship will be awarded in four equal annual payments of $5,000 throughout the winner's four-year college career.

In addition to the $20,000 Foot Locker Scholar Athletes scholarship, one of our 20 winners will also be selected for the Ken C. Hicks scholarship for demonstrating superior educational achievement, outstanding leadership, and a true love of the game. This winner will receive an additional $5000 award (for a total of $25,000). This student will receive their scholarship in four yearly installments, each of $6,250.


Eligibility

In order to be eligible for the Foot Locker Scholar Athletes program, the applicant must:

  • Be a current high school senior entering a four-year, accredited US college or university in the Fall of 2017
  • Be currently a member (in good standing) of a high school sports team or be involved in after-school sports (e.g. intramurals, martial arts, etc.)
  • have maintained an unweighted GPA of 3.0 or higher from ninth grade to first semester of 12th grade
  • Be a U.S. citizen or US Permanent Legal Resident
  • Foot Locker employees and their immediate family members are ineligible

Key Dates

  • September 28 Application opens.
  • December 9th Nomination period closes.
  • December 30th Application closes at 5pm EST.
  • April 2017 Scholarship winners are announced.

Phases of the Program

  1. Applications

    A panel of scholarship experts will review all applications based on the judging criteria.

  2. Interviews

    We will interview a select group of applicants via Skype to gain additional insight on their journeys and accomplishment in late January.

  3. Announcement

    We will select and announce the final 20 Foot Locker Scholar Athletes in April 2017.