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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - January 15, 1998
Contact: John Johnson or Mike Clifford (517.332.5046
Record Number Of Applicants For
Scholar-Athlete Award -- Again
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Jan. 15-- It has become an annual occurrence
-- a new record set by the number of students applying for the
Michigan High School Athletic Association's Scholar-Athlete Award.
The program, which has been recognizing student-athletes since
the 1989-90 school year, honors 24 individuals, one in each sport
in which the Association sponsors a post-season tournament.
Farm Bureau Insurance underwrites the Scholar-Athlete Award,
and presents a $1,000 scholarship in each sport.
This year, the number of applicants rose again. A record 2,785
applications were received from 501 schools, surpassing last
year's total of 2,636 applications. In addition to the record
number of applicants, the number of schools participating exceeded
last year's record of 497. In the six years in which scholarships
have been awarded in all MHSAA sports, the number of applicants
has more than doubled.
An additional 997 student-athletes will be recognized for having
met the eligibility criteria for the award, even though they
were not a scholarship nominee from their school. All will be
presented with certificates commemorating their achievement.
This year's figure tops last year's record of 654.
Every MHSAA member high school is allowed to select one student-athlete
to represent it in each sport, and an individual may be nominated
in more than one sport. East Lansing led the way in participation
this year with 22 scholarship nominees. Okemos and Plymouth Canton
each had 19 applicants; Grosse Pointe South had 18; Allen Park
and Ann Arbor Huron each had 17; Ann Arbor Pioneer, St. Johns
and Sturgis each had 16; and Detroit Country Day, Dexter, Hillsdale,
Stevensville-Lakeshore and Troy each had 15 applicants.
To be eligible for the award, students must have a cumulative
grade point average of 3.50 (on a 4.0 scale), and have previously
won a varsity letter in the sport in which they are applying.
Students were also asked to shown involvement in other school
and community activities, submit two letters of recommendation
and a 500-word essay on the importance of sportsmanship in educational
The applications will be judged by a 59-member committee of school
coaches, counselors, faculty members, administrators and board
members from MHSAA member schools. Finalists in all sports will
be announced by January 30. Fall sports scholarship recipients
will be announced on February 13; winter sports recipients on
February on February 20; and spring sports winners will be announced
on February 27.
To honor the 24 Scholar-Athlete Award recipients, a ceremony
will take place during halftime of the Class C Boys Basketball
Finals at the Breslin Student Events Center in East Lansing on
MEDIA ADVISORY -- For a complete list of scholarship nominees
and additional qualifiers for the Scholar-Athlete Award click
one of the following options below.
Click here for an html file of Scholarship
Click here for a PDF file of Scholarship
Click here for an html file of Additional
Click here for an PDF file of Additional
Please scan these lists for the names of student-athletes from