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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 $1,173,000 in college scholarships. On June 1, 2020, twenty student-athletes, along with the Williams Mullen Community Impact Award winners 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 29th annual Richmond Times-Dispatch/Sports Backers Scholar-Athlete program on June 1, 2020.

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 $1,103,000 in scholarships to 536 outstanding high school student-athlete seniors in recognition of their hard work both on the field and in the classroom.