The Foot Locker Foundation, the charitable arm of Foot Locker Inc., on Thursday announced the launch of its 2019-2020 Foot Locker Scholar Athletes Program, which will award $20,000 college scholarships to outstanding student athletes who demonstrate strong academic ability and leadership skills in sports, school, and within their communities.
With its investment in the Foot Locker Scholar Athletes Program, the Foot Locker Foundation is committed to facilitating the success of tomorrow’s leaders. An example is one of last year’s winners, Ahalya Lettenberger.
“We are honored to recognize exceptional students like Ahalya each year, who not only persevere through challenging times, but are also making a significant impact as young leaders in their communities,” states Richard A. Johnson, chairman & CEO of Foot Locker. “The Foot Locker Scholar Athletes Program is providing a platform for these young leaders to celebrate their diversity and be heard while ensuring they have the opportunities to fulfill their dreams and succeed in life.”
For Foot Locker’s Scholar Athletes, aspirations for success can become reality. In addition to each student receiving a $20,000 scholarship, one of the 20 students selected will be awarded the Ken. C. Hicks Scholarship and receive an additional $5,000 for demonstrating superior academic achievement, outstanding leadership, and a true love of the game. This year’s winners will join the program’s eight previous classes of Foot Locker Scholar Athletes, bringing the total number of scholarship recipients to 180 over the almost nine years since the program’s inception in 2011. As of 2019, Foot Locker, Inc. will have invested more than $3 million towards the education and future of some of America’s most promising scholar athletes.
The Foot Locker Scholar Athletes Program is a key initiative of the Foot Locker Foundation, which provides support for educational and sports programs across the country. This program seeks to empower young adults who successfully take the skills they have cultivated in their team locker rooms and apply them to their classrooms and communities. This all-star program is also supported by Fastweb, a trusted scholarship and financial aid resource used by students to help find opportunities to pay for school.
Students can apply online or be nominated by teachers, coaches, mentors, family and friends by visiting footlockerscholarathletes.com. The program is managed by DoSomething Strategic, the consulting group of DoSomething.org, grounded in over 25 years of data on mobilizing young people worldwide.
Applications close on January 3, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. (EST). Applicants must be college-bound in the fall of 2020, be an active participant in a sports-related activity and maintain at least a 3.0 unweighted GPA. Participants will be required to submit two essays and one recommendation to be considered for the scholarship.