St. Louis Sports Commission Associates’ The Carl Fricks Sportsmanship Scholarship

The Sportsmanship Scholarship is presented annually to a graduating high school senior from the St. Louis region who exemplifies outstanding sportsmanship and character in athletic competition.

Scholarship Criteria:
In preparing a nomination, please pay close attention to the following criteria and factors for consideration:

  • Scholarship candidates should be nominated for embodying the ideals and values of sportsmanship: honesty, integrity, civility, selflessness, kindness, compassion and class.
  • While off-field activities and community service are applauded, scholarship candidates will be evaluated for their approach and character in competition. Off-field activities and community service do not factor into the selection consideration, and therefore, should not be the focus of an applicant’s essay or letters of recommendation.
  • The selection of the scholarship recipient is based solely on the applicant’s commitment to sportsmanship and ability
    to address the stated criteria within the personal essay and letters of recommendation.
  • The Sportsmanship Scholarship is not awarded based on financial need. Applicants should not reference their financial situation or socioeconomic background. Applicants who violate this guideline will be disqualified from consideration for the scholarship.
  • Greatest consideration will be given to nominees who demonstrate a track record of sportsmanship and respect directed at opponents, officials and the spirit of the game. Nominees and their letters of recommendation should cite specific examples in which the scholarship candidate displayed extraordinary selflessness, integrity, kindness and class to the benefit of a non-teammate. While encouraging and helping those within one’s team is admirable, the scholarship committee seeks candidates who transcend expectations for how one should honor the game and treat those outside their circle in competition.
  • Athletic performance (wins and other statistics) is not a factor in the scholarship selection.
  • Those connected to athletic teams, such as student managers, also are eligible for the scholarship should their leadership and behavior represent an extraordinary standard and model for all in sports to follow.

Applicants must be a graduating high school senior.
• Must attend a high school in the St. Louis metropolitan area (Illinois counties: Bond, Calhoun, Clinton, Jersey,
Macoupin, Madison, Monroe, St. Clair; Missouri counties: Franklin, Jefferson, Lincoln, St. Charles, St. Louis City,
St. Louis County, Warren, Washington).

$5,000 - $10,000