Scholar-Athlete Awards Program

Scholar-Athlete Awards Program

Since its start in 1992, Sports Backers and the Richmond Times-Dispatch have partnered to recognize the accomplishments of the region's finest student-athletes, awarding over $1,236,500 in college scholarships. And despite the challenges COVID-19 has placed on high school athletics this year we are excited to still move forward with the Scholar-Athlete Awards Program. On June 7, 2021, we will recognize twenty student-athletes, along with the Williams Mullen Community Impact Award winner and Raymond D. Patterson and Cheryl Oliver Memorial Scholarship recipients with a virtual program. Stay tuned for ways to tune in.

Scholar-Athlete Awards Program

This year's program will be virtual and is scheduled for June 7, 2021.

Cheryl Oliver & Ray Patterson Scholarships

In an effort to better serve high school scholar-athletes in RVA, Sports Backers has created two scholarships geared towards students that demonstrate financial need.


Since its start in 1992, this program has awarded $1,236,500 in scholarships to 580 outstanding high school student-athlete seniors in recognition of their hard work both on the field and in the classroom.