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Scholar-Athlete Awards Dinner

Dinner cancelled but the celebration is on!

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 $1,173,000 in college scholarships. On June 1, 2020, twenty student-athletes, along with the Williams Mullen Community Impact Award winner and Raymond D. Patterson and Cheryl Oliver Memorial Scholarship recipients, will be recognized, and $63,500 in scholarships will be awarded.


This year the program will be livestreamed on at 7pm on June 1, 2020.  We hope that you will join us in celebrating the 29th annual Richmond Times-Dispatch/Sports Backers Scholar-Athlete program and help us create a lasting legacy for future Richmond natives who will go on to change the world, just as those before them are doing today. All donations and proceeds from the event will be used to support the Sports Backers Scholarship Fund.


Monday, June 1, 2020

7 p.m. Presentation on

Program Information

Please email [email protected] for more information about supporting the program.

Contact [email protected] to learn more about the June 1st event.


2020 Finalists

All 20 finalists were announced on May 14 by the Richmond Times-Dispatch and will be recognized on June 1.

2019-20 Monthly honorees

Read more about the 2019-20 Scholar-Athlete of the Month winners.

Want to learn more about our scholarship program? Check out our Scholarships page.