The St. Louis Sports Commission Associates — the commission’s young professionals group — seeks applications for the 2016 Carl Fricks Sportsmanship Scholarship.
Created in 2009, the scholarship is presented annually to a graduating high school senior from the St. Louis region who exemplifies outstanding sportsmanship and character in athletic competition. The recipient of the scholarship program’s top award in 2016 will receive $10,000 for higher education expenses. Additionally, up to $5,000 will be awarded to one or multiple runner-up recipients as determined by the scholarship selection committee.
The scholarship is administered by the commission and its Associates group. The Associates raise funds for the scholarship and select its recipient. Since the program’s inception, the Associates have awarded $45,000 to 20 college-bound students. The scholarship is a program of the commission’s St. Louis Sports Foundation, which implements initiatives that promote sportsmanship.
In 2013, the scholarship was named in honor of the late Carl Fricks, whose daughter, Holly Yoakum, chaired the Associates group. Holly was — and remains — a passionate champion for the Sportsmanship Scholarship, and her father embodied the virtues the award seeks to recognize.
In preparing an application, please pay close attention to the following criteria and factors for consideration:
Scholarship candidates should embody the ideals and values of sportsmanship: honesty, integrity, civility, selflessness, kindness, compassion and class.
While off-field activities and community service are applauded, scholarship candidates will be evaluated for their approach and character in competition. Off-field activities and community service do not factor into the selection consideration, and therefore, should not be the focus of an applicant’s essay or letters of recommendation.
The selection of the scholarship recipient is based solely on the applicant’s commitment to sportsmanship and ability to address the stated criteria within the personal essay and letters of recommendation.
The Sportsmanship Scholarship is not awarded based on financial need. Applicants should not reference their financial situation or socioeconomic background. Applicants who violate this guideline will be disqualified from consideration for the scholarship.
Greatest consideration will be given to applicants who demonstrate a track record of sportsmanship and respect directed at opponents, officials and the spirit of the game. Applicants and their letters of recommendation should cite specific examples in which the scholarship candidate displayed extraordinary selflessness, integrity, kindness and class to the benefit of a non-teammate. While encouraging and helping those within one’s team is admirable, the scholarship committee seeks candidates who transcend expectations for how one should honor the game and treat those outside their circle in competition.
Athletic performance (wins and other statistics) does not factor in the scholarship selection.
Those connected to athletic teams, such as student managers and cheerleaders, also are eligible for the scholarship should their leadership and behavior represent an extraordinary standard and model for all in sports to follow.
Applicant eligibility requirements:
Must be a graduating high school senior.
Must attend a high school in the Illinois counties of Bond, Calhoun, Clinton, Jersey, Macoupin, Madison, Monroe, and St. Clair; and Missouri counties of Franklin, Jefferson, Lincoln, St. Charles, St. Louis City, St. Louis County and Warren.
Must not be attending college on a full scholarship. Students receiving partial scholarships are eligible.
Required application materials:
Sportsmanship Scholarship recipients will be selected by members of the St. Louis Sports Commission Associates’ Scholarship Committee. Before consideration, each applicant must provide to the committee the following documentation:
Fully completed Sportsmanship Scholarship Applicant Form.
Two Sportsmanship Scholarship Recommendation Forms, each with a letter of recommendation from a coach, athletic director, teacher, school administrator or fellow student attesting to the applicant’s outstanding sportsmanship. At least one recommendation must come from a coach or athletic director.
A personal essay from the applicant describing why he or she should be chosen for this award (no longer than one page, single-spaced).
While all information is required for full consideration, the committee will most heavily weigh the letters of recommendation and the personal essay from the applicant.
How to apply:
To apply for the Carl Fricks Sportsmanship Scholarship, please mail, fax or e-mail all supporting documents to:
St. Louis Sports Commission
c/o Solomon Alexander
308 N. 21st Street – Suite 500
St. Louis, MO 63103
All scholarship applications must be received by April 4, 2016. The recipient will be notified by April 30, 2016. The scholarship will be awarded for the 2016-17 academic year.
The selected scholarship recipient will be required to provide a final transcript from his or her high school verifying graduation. Scholarship funds cannot be released until this requirement is met.
For more information, please contact Solomon Alexander at 314-345-5130 or email@example.com.
Applicants, coaches, parents, teachers and counselors are encouraged to review the bios of past Sportsmanship Scholarship recipients to see the attributes and actions that have resulted in recognition from the scholarship committee. The bios are posted at www.sportsmanship.org/scholarship.