The partnership of Mountaire Farms and The Robesonian for the Scholar Athlete of the Month Award began in September 2009. Today the program includes high schools in Robeson, Scotland and Bladen counties.
This sports season, I challenge area high school coaches and athletic directors to step up in submitting nominations throughout the year. The participation was weak last year, with only a few schools submitting nominees on a monthly basis.
Each month, this award will recognize a male or female athlete in his/her senior year from one Robeson, Scotland or Bladen county high school, who carries a “B” average or higher. Nominees need to also be recognized by their coaches for outstanding sportsmanship and perform with superior ability in athletic competition.
Each month, the selected Scholar Athlete will receive a $1,000 college scholarship plus an engraved crystal trophy recognizing him/her as the monthly honoree. Winners will also be featured in an article on the sports page(s) of The Robesonian, the Laurinburg Exchange and Bladen Journal. This will spotlight the Scholar Athlete’s academic and athletic performance in a print edition as well as on the sports page(s) of the newspapers website(s).
Honorees will also be highlighted in Mountaire Farms quarterly newsletter. Each monthly Scholar Athlete will also be eligible to receive one of two $1,500 college scholarships, which will be awarded to one male and one female athlete . These winners will be named the Scholar Athletes of the Year. Both will be featured in additional articles, highlighting their yearly performance, which will be in a print edition as well as on the web site and in the Mountaire newsletter.
Entries will be accepted from Sept. 18, 2015 through May 15, 2016 and should contain the following in submission:
— Name and gender of student;
— School attending;
— Name of school-sponsored sport(s) in which the student participates;
— Verification of grades: either a copy of the previous marking period report card or a letter from school counselor stating student’s GPA (for this year’s first semester marking periods, please use student’s junior term final grades);
— Written recommendation from his/her coach
There is no limit on the number of submissions received each month/year from each school.
All entries must be emailed to Rodd Baxley at firstname.lastname@example.org as this is the easiest way to keep track of the nominees.
Rodd Baxley is the sports editor for The Robesonian in Lumberton. He can be reached by calling 910-416-5182 or on Twitter: @RoddBaxley.