WHAT IS DIFFERENT THIS YEAR?
For the first time, all steps of the Scholar-Athlete Award process will be online without any paperwork. Students will fill out the entire application online, including athletic and other extra-curricular experiences, short-answer questions and essays. Students have the choice of uploading letters of recommendation or letting recommenders upload themselves. Finally, our judges will also be reviewing and scoring applications online.
Otherwise, the Scholar-Athlete Award program is the same as in past years. We ask for the same background info, short-answer questions and essays, and we score applications using the same point system as in past years.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
Eligibility criteria has not changed from previous years. Seniors with an unrounded 3.50 or better GPA who have earned a varsity letter in an MHSAA-sponsored sport are eligible to apply.
HOW MANY STUDENTS CAN APPLY?
Schools are limited to the number of students who will be considered for the award. Class A schools can nominate 6 boys and 6 girls, Class B can nominate 4 boys and 4 girls, Class C can nominate 3 boys and 3 girls and Class D can nominate 2 boys and 2 girls.
Just like in past years, you can have more students go through the application process. After the deadline and prior to judging, we will look at the list of completed applications and search for schools which have more applicants than allowed. We will contact the athletic director and ask him/her which applications we should consider for the award. ALL applicants, even those who are not considered for the award, will be recognized with a certificate.
HOW DO STUDENTS APPLY?
- Direct students to mhsaa.com/scholarship to start the application process.
- Once there, students will create an account.
- Finally, students will need to enter the Access Code provided to you by the MHSAA.
At this point students can start to fill out the different parts of the application. If they leave the application, they will pick up where they left off when they return. Students also need two letters of recommendation. Students can upload PDFs or Word docs themselves, or they can use the system to have recommenders upload recommendations themselves.
HOW SHOULD I COACH MY STUDENTS?
This document gives tips to students for completing the application.
HOW MANY STUDENTS WILL WIN, AND WHEN WILL THEY BE ANNOUNCED?
We will select 32 total winners -- 6 boys and 6 girls from Class A, 4 boys and 4 girls from Class B, 3 boys and 3 girls from Class C and 2 boys and 2 girls from Class D, as well as 2 at-large winners for minority applicants. The winners will be announced throughout February, and honored during the Boys Basketball Finals on March 16.
WHAT IS THE DEADLINE?
The deadline is November 30 at 4:00 p.m. All parts of the application must be completed at this time.
Official Scholar-Athlete Award Rules >>>
IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS, Contact Paige Winne at the MHSAA: firstname.lastname@example.org or 517-332-5046.