NIAAA Student Athlete Scholarship

Purpose of Scholarship

In accordance with National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association’s (NIAAA) purpose to promote, facilitate and increase the knowledge and understanding of the vital role of interscholastic athletics in the educational system, this scholarship program will foster and recognize the partnership between the NIAAA and secondary education. The scholarships will recognize the distinguished scholastic, leadership and sportsmanship attributes of high school student-athletes, and the importance of high school athletics in each student’s life. Download the 2016 NIAAA Student Athlete Scholarship Application. States are encouraged to recognize each student who applies by presenting them with a certificate of recognition. Download Certificate of Recognition.

Essay Topic

“How High School Athletics has Impacted my Life”

Nicole - Colin

Nicole Graham, Greenwich High School, Greenwich, Connecticut
Athletic Director:  Gus Lindine

Read 2014 Nicole Graham  National Winner Essay

Colin Hemez, Los Alamos High School, Los Alamos, New Mexico
Athletic Director:  Ann Stewart

Read 2014 Colin Hemez National Winner Essay

Minimum Requirements

  • Applicant must be a senior in high school
  • Applicant must have achieved at least two (2) of the following: (a) minimum of B+ average; (b)ranked in the top 25% of class; (c) ACT score of 24 or an SAT score of 1500 (Verbal, Math and Writing)
  • Applicant must have participated in two sports for at least two years in each sport
  • Applicant must have earned at least one varsity letter in each of two sports
  • Applicant must complete attached scholar/essay application
  • Applicant must have a letter of recommendation from the high school athletic administrator/director
  • School athletic administrator/director must be an NIAAA member and a member of their respective state athletic administrators association
  • The principal or athletic administrator/director must sign the application to ensure that the academic information submitted is accurate
  • All hard copy materials must be postmarked or electronic materials sent to the NIAAA Liaison in your respective state by your states deadline. (select your state below to see your state due date and liaison contact information)

State Winners

One male and one female will each receive a plaque recognizing them as state winners.

Section Winners

One male and one female in each of the eight NIAAA sections will each receive a $1,500 scholarship and a plaque recognizing them as section winners.

Section Scholarship Winners:

2015 Section Winners

Name High School State Athletic Administrator
Section 1:
Gabrielle Richichi New Fairfield High School CT Mary Stolle
John Murphy Brunswick High School ME Jeff Ramich, CAA


Section 2:
Josephine Wolfe North Country High School MD Marianne Shultz, CMAA
Payton Carver North Hopkins High School KY Michael Quinn, CAA


Section 3:
Jaela Scaife Christ Presbyterian Academy TN Michael Ellson, CMAA
Griffin Caracciolo North Forsyth High School GA Nathan Turner, CAA


Section 4:
Carolyn Peters Normal West High School IL Stan Lewis, CAA
Kevin Greenman St. Philip Catholic Central  High School MI Vicky Groat


Section 5:
Katherine Ameson Northfield High School MN Tom Graupmann, CMAA
Waylon DeCoteau Turtle Mountain High School ND Shane Martin


Section 6:
Sydney Hughes Meeker High School CO Brett Steinacher
Brandon Dyson Bixby High School OK Stephanie Blackwell, CAA


Section 7:
Hunter Lea Flanagan Superior High School AZ William Duarte
Charles Bennion, Jr Ed W Clark High School NV  Gena Reagh, CAA


Section 8:
Sadie Shirts Weiser High School ID Sarah Bruce, CAA
Michael Yeradi Wright High School WY Larry Yeradi, CAA

National Winners

One male and one female will be selected from the eight section winners to each receive a $2,500 scholarship and a glass etching recognizing them as national winners in addition to attending the National Conference for Athletic Administrators in December to present their essay.


Scholarship Timeline

  • Applications postmarked to NIAAA liaison in respective state by the states deadline (see listing of liaisons below)
  • States select male and female winner prior to NIAAA Section meeting
  • April-June: Sections selects male and female winner
  • July: NIAAA Board selects male and female national winner
  • August : National winners notified by NIAAA office
  • December: National winners and their parents attend national conference to be recognized and present their essay

Find your NIAAA State Liaison

  • Alabama (February 28)
    Denise Ainsworth, CAA, AHSAA
    PO Box 242367
    Montgomery, AL 36124-2367
  • Alaska (February 28)
    Isaiah Vreeman
    Alaska School Activities Assoc.
    4048 Laurel Street, Suite 203
    Anchorage, AK 99508
  • Arizona (February 28)
    Sister Nancy Perlick, CMAA
    Xavier College Prep
    4710 North 5th Street
    Phoenix, AZ 85012
  • Arkansas (February 28)
    Bill Mayo
    118 Oakridge Drive
    Eureka Springs, AR 72632
  • California (February 28)
    Jean Ashen, CMAA
    North Salinas HS
    55 Kip Drive
    Salinas, CA 93906
  • Colorado (February 28)
    Diane Shuck, CMAA
    USAF Air Academy High School
    6910 Carlton
    USAF Academy, CO 80840
  • Connecticut (January 31)
    Paul Mengold, CAA
    25 Newton Rd
    Woodbridge, 06525
  • Delaware (February 28)
    Joe Lahutsky
    Middletown High School
    120 Silver Lake Road
    Middletown, DE 19709
  • DC (February 28)
    Stephanie Evans
    1401 Brendwood PKWY, NE Room 1019
    Washington, DC 20002
  • Florida (May 5)
    Ron Balazs CAA
    8926 Olde Hickory Ave
    Sarasota FL, 34238
  • Georgia (February 28)
    Mike Carswell, CAA
    Savannah Country Day
    4625 Waters Avenue
    Savannah, GA 31404
  • Hawaii (February 28)
    Blane Gaison, CAA
    Kamehameha School
    1887 Makuakane Street
    Honolulu, HI 96817
  • Idaho (February 28)
    Todd Gilkey, CAA
    5530 North 4th Street
    Coeur D’ Alene, ID 83815
  • Illinois (February 28)
    John Szabo, CAA
    Bloomington High School
    1202 East Locust Street
    Bloomington, IL 61701
  • Indiana (January 10)
    Sam Rasmussen
    4605 Goodrich Rd
    Valparaiso, IN 46385
  • Iowa (February 28)
    Brent Cook, CMAA
    1800 Clarke Drive
    Dubuque, IA 52001
  • Kansas(February 28)
    Dick Schumacher, CAA
    421 East Perwinkle
    Garden Plain, KS 67050
  • Kentucky (February 28)
    Hugh McReynolds, CAA
    Logan County High School
    2200 Bowling Green Road
    Russellville, KY 42276
  • Louisiana (February 28)
    James Simmons, CAA
    Lafayette Parish School System
    PO Drawer 2158
    Lafayette, LA 70502
  • Maine (February 28)
    Martin E. Ryan, CMAA 
    POB 676
    Wells, ME 04090
  • Maryland (February 28)
    Carol Satterwhite, CAA
    5467 Gloucester Road
    Columbia, MD 21044
  • Massachusetts (February 28)
    Walter Sargent, CAA
    82 Country Club Drive
    Yarmouthport, MA 02675
  • Michigan (February 28)
    Mike Garvey, CMAA
    Central Catholic High School
    1000 West Kilgore Street
    Kalamazoo, MI 49008
  • Minnesota (February 28)
    Savage Prior Lake High School
    7575 150th St.
    Box 539
    Savage, MN 55378
  • Mississippi (February 28)
    Lonnie Tillman, CAA
    PO Box 127
    Clinton, MS 39060
  • Missouri (Febrary 28)
    Joshua Scott, CAA
    Waynesville High School
    200 GW Lane
    Waynesville, MO 65583
  • Montana (February 28)
    Brian Fortmann, CAA
    Big Sky High School
    3100 South Avenue W
    Missoula, MT 59801
  • Nebraska (February 28)
    Mike Purdy, CAA
    808 Benton Avenue
    Bellevue, NE 68005
  • Nevada (February 1)
    Xavier Antheaume, CAA
    Chaparral High School
    3850 Annie Oakley Drive
    Las Vegas, NV 89121
  • New Hampshire (January 20)
    Carol Dozibrin, CAA
    Winnacunnet High School
    1 Alumni Drive
    Hampton, NH 03842
  • New Jersey (February 28)
    Robert Hopek, CAA
    1913 Maple Avenue
    Easton, PA 18040
  • New Mexico (MArch 15)
    Lawrence Johnson, CAA
    Alamogordo High School
    103 Cuba
    Alamorgordo, NM 88310
  • New York (December 4)
    Dennis Fries, CMAA
    59 Timrod Drive
    Irondequoit, NY 14617
  • North Carolina (February 28)
    R. Fred McDaniel
    5434 Wade-Stedman Road
    Wade, NC 28395
  • North Dakota (February 28)
    Ed Lockwood, CMAA
    1960 Rose Creek Drive
    Fargo, ND 58104
  • Ohio (February 28)
    Bill Schumacher
    2092 Langerdale Road
    South Euclid, OH 44121
  • Oklahoma (February 28)
    Carl Franks Director of Athletics
    Moore Public Schools
    1500 SE 4th Street
    Moore, OK 73160
  • Oregon (February 22)
    Bill Bowers, CMAA, OADA Executive Director
    1177 Delrose Drive
    Springfield, OR 97477
  • Pennsylvania (February 28)
    Tom Wagner
    1446 Kittanning Pike
    Karns City, PA 16041
  • Rhode Island (February 28)
    Allen Huestis, CAA
    29 Sterling Drive
    North Scituate, RI 02857
  • South Carolina (February 28)
    Myles Wilson
    Spartanburg High School
    500 Dupree Drive
    Spartanburg, SC 29302
  • South Dakota (February 28)
    Bill Clements, CAA
    Dakota Valley High School
    1150 Northshore Drive N
    Sioux City, SD 57754
  • Tennessee (February 28)
    Paul Pendleton, CAA
    Tennessee High School
    1112 Edgemond Avenue
    Bristol, TN 37620
  • Texas (February 28)
    Brenda Marshall
    2805 Oso Drive
    Corpus Christi, TX 78415
  • Utah (January 31)
    Richard Barton, CMAA
    199 E 7200 S
    Midvale, UT 84047
  • Vermont (October 15)
    Michael O’Day, CMAA
    South Burlington HS
    550 Dorset Street
    South Burlington, VT 05403
  • Virginia (January 10)
    Steve Heon
    Athletic Director
    Western Albemarle High School
    5941 Rockfish Gap Turnpike
    Crozet, VA 22932
    (434) 823-8705
  • Washington (February 28)
    Jim Piccolo
    1528 – 252nd Street NW
    Stanwood, WA 98292
  • West Virginia (February 28)
    Harold Erwin, CAA
    106 Kapok Street
    Eleanor, WV 25070
  • Wisconsin (April 1)
    Greg Smith, CMAA
    PO Box 358
    Monroe, WI 53566
  • Wyoming (February 28)
    Cliff Hill, CAA
    Campbell County SD
    1000 Camel Drive
    Gillette, WY 82716

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