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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, will be recognized, and $70,000 in scholarships will be 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.