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 $1,033,000 in college scholarships. On June 4, 2018, twenty student-athletes, along with the Williams Mullen High School Teams of the Year and the HCA Virginia Sports Medicine Comeback Athletes of the Year, were recognized, and $70,000 in scholarships was awarded.

Scholar-Athlete Awards Dinner

Join us in celebrating the 27th annual Richmond Times-Dispatch/Sports Backers Scholar-Athlete program on June 4, 2018.

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 given over $1,033,000 in scholarships to 514 outstanding high school student-athlete seniors in recognition of their hard work both on the field and in the classroom.