For the sixth consecutive year, Foot Locker will be awarding incoming college freshman with $20,000 in scholarship funding to pursue a 4-year college degree - not because they scored the most touchdowns or goals, but because sports have helped them grow into strong leaders at school and in their communities.

As a newly added bonus, one of our 20 winners will be selected for the Ken C. Hicks scholarship for demonstrating superior educational achievement, outstanding leadership, and a true love of the game. This winner will receive an additional $5000 award (for a total of $25,000).

This year's 20 winners will join the program's four previous classes of Foot Locker Scholar Athletes, which will result in 120 total scholarship recipients since the program's inception in 2011. Applicants are evaluated based on whether they are Foot Locker Scholar Athlete material. The ideal candidates would be proactive, highly motivated, inspiring, charismatic, honest, trustworthy, genuine, strong and courageous. Additionally, promising applicants embody good sportsmanship, strong moral character, are passionate/committed to empowering his or her community, are confident and enthusiastic leaders, come from diverse backgrounds and display academic excellence.

Applications open October 4, 2016 and close December 16, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. (EST).

  • Basic information including name, high school, sports you play, unweighted GPA, test scores, etc.
  • Two 500 word Essays
  • One required non-family recommendation and optional second recommendation
  • Applicants can also submit optional supplementary materials such as photos and videos

The scholarship is open to students who:

  • are current high school seniors entering an accredited, four-year US college or university in the Fall of 2017
  • are currently members (in good standing) of a high school sports team or are involved in after-school sports (e.g. intramurals, martial arts, etc.)
  • have maintained an unweighted GPA of 3.0 or higher from ninth grade to first semester of 12th grade
  • are U.S. citizens or US Permanent Legal Residents
  • are NOT Foot Locker employees or immediate family members of a Foot Locker employee

Visit to start your application!

Are you or someone you know an athlete who demonstrates commitment to your sports team, your community, and your academics? Apply to be a Foot Locker Scholar Athlete and you could win a $20,000 scholarship for school. Visit to get started!