Foot Locker Scholar Athletes FAQs

When can I apply for the 2019-2020 Foot Locker Scholarship?

The application for this year's class will close on January 3, 2020, at 5:00 PM Eastern Time. You'll want to make sure that your full application— including your one non-family letter recommendation — is submitted on time in order to be considered!

What is the Ken C. Hicks Scholarship?

The Ken C. Hicks Scholarship will be awarded to one of the twenty high school students selected as part of the Foot Locker Scholar Athletes Program. The scholarship honors Ken’s incredible legacy as former Chairman and CEO of Foot Locker, and recognizes his deep commitment to academic excellence. This exceptional individual will receive an additional $5,000 (for a total of $25,000) for demonstrating superior educational achievement as well as outstanding leadership, and a true love of the game. The recipient must have a personal passion and drive to succeed, demonstrate strong core values, bring others along, and participate fully and with enthusiasm, whether in school, in sports, or in their community.

What if I'm not on a high school varsity team?

It doesn't matter! As long as you are committed to sports in some way, we'll still consider your application.

What if I don't intend to play sports in college?

Again, no sweat. We just want to see that you've exemplified superior leadership skills in multiple settings, including your sports team(s), your school, and your community.

I'm currently enrolled in college. Can I still apply for this scholarship?

The Foot Locker Scholar Athletes scholarship is only open to high school seniors who will be entering their freshman year of college in the Fall of 2020. Unfortunately, current college students are not eligible to apply.

I’m planning to attend a 2-year college in 2020. Can I still apply for this scholarship?

The Foot Locker Scholar Athletes scholarship recipients must be entering in a 4-year college or university in Fall 2020 to receive the fund. Students enrolled in a 2-year program will be disqualified to use the scholarship.

What can the scholarship money be used for?

The Foot Locker Scholar Athletes scholarship can be applied to tuition, fees, and required supplies as billed directly by the winner's accredited, four-year college/university. The $20,000 scholarship will be awarded in four equal annual payments of $5,000 throughout the winner's four-year college career. Keep in mind that we generally send the scholarship directly to the winner's college to be applied to tuition and fees. The winner of the Ken C. Hicks scholarship will receive an additional $5,000 to their total award. That winner's college will receive their scholarship in four installments of $6,250.

When does the application close?

The application closes on January 3, 2020, at 5:00 PM Eastern Time for all candidates (even if you live in Central, Mountain, or Pacific Coast time zones).

I'd like to nominate a student for this scholarship. How do I do so?

Awesome! All you have to do is fill out the nomination form by Friday, December 13, 2019. We will then invite the student you nominated to apply for the Foot Locker scholarship.
PLEASE NOTE: A student does not need to be nominated to apply.

What is the minimum GPA?

You must have a minimum unweighted GPA of 3.0 to apply for the Foot Locker Scholar Athletes program. Additionally, you must be college-bound to an accredited four-year college/university in Fall 2020.

What are the essay questions?

For this scholarship, you will be required to answer the two essay questions below.

Sports teach important lessons in leadership, teamwork, and sportsmanship. How have you embodied these qualities on your team and in your community? (Your community could include: your volunteer experiences, any leadership roles at your school or youth groups, and/or any other projects or efforts you think we should really know about!). Suggested length of 300-500 words.

Describe a defining moment in your life that has helped to shape your dreams and plans for the future. (Be sure to describe your academic/career goals and any challenges you’ve faced or are currently facing and how they have shaped your aspiration). Suggested length of 300-500 words.

What’s the deal with the recommendations?

One non-family recommendation is REQUIRED in order to complete your application. This person should be a teacher, coach, administrator, or mentor who is able to attest to how you have demonstrated great character and leadership in sports, school, and your broader community. Your non-family recommender will be asked to fill out a brief form and provide a recommendation letter of up to 400 words.

Who should I approach for a second recommendation?

You will have the opportunity to submit one additional recommendation, but it is entirely optional. The strongest recommenders are people who are well informed about your social action projects and educational goals. This should be someone who knows you well but more importantly can attest to the actions you have taken to better and strengthen your community, your team, and/or your school. Please ask your recommender to speak to their thoughts about the quality of your work, your impact, and your collaboration with the community. They should be as specific as possible. We suggest that you send your recommender the judging criteria.

Help! I am having an issue using the application platform.

Oops, sorry about that! Please contact the Survey Monkey support team at If you have any questions about the program, reach out to us at and we’ll help you out right away.

How do I go back and edit my application?

Before your application is submitted, you can go back to your application by going to My Applications page and clicking “Continue”. Once you are on the application page, select the tasks you want to edit. You must first be logged in to view this page.
Please note: Once your non-family recommendation is submitted, your application will be automatically submitted and you will no longer be able to edit your application after that.

I accidentally entered the wrong email address for my recommender. How can I edit this?

On the Request Recommendations page, click “…” next to the incorrect email address, in the dropdown menu, select “Withdraw Request”. Then you can make a new request by clicking “Request a Recommendation” again. 

Help! A student sent me a recommendation request but the link in the email isn't working.

No worries! This often occurs if a student sends one recommender multiple requests. Each email has a unique link, so if you received more than one request from the same student, just open the link in the most recently delivered email. Please contact us at if you need any more help!

What happens if my computer crashes while I am working on the application?

Yikes! Computer crashes are the worst. The application site constantly autosaves your progress. This said, to protect your application from being lost, make sure to FIRST write your essays in Word or Google Docs and then copy/paste them into the online application. The application site autosaves your answers but we also recommend you periodically hit the "Save & Continue Editing" button (at the bottom of the application pages) to save your changes. 

Ok, my application is submitted, what now?

First, give yourself a high five for a job well done. We’ll reach out to you if you are a semi-finalist with an opportunity to interview with us via video chat. We plan to announce the 20 winners, including the Ken C. Hicks scholarship winner, in April / May 2020.

How are we being evaluated?

You will be judged in three different phases. The first phase a team of expert judges will be reviewing candidates to make sure they embody qualities of a good scholar-athlete. In the second phase, Foot Locker staff will conduct interviews (via Skype) to gain more insight. Lastly, in the third phase, Foot Locker will decide the final 20 Foot Locker Scholar-Athletes. For more information about how applicants will be considered, please read through the judging criteria.

What is the Foot Locker Foundation, Inc.?

Founded in 2001, Foot Locker Foundation is the charitable arm of Foot Locker, Inc., a leading global athletic specialty retailer with a purpose of inspiring and empowering youth culture. The company operates 3,175 stores in 27countries in North America, Europe, Australia, Asia and New Zealand. Since its inception, the Foundation has developed significant partnerships, programs, and initiatives to improve and enrich communities across the country. Our mission is to promote a better world for today’s youth by creating, developing, and supporting innovative educational programs and encouraging health and well-being through physical activity.

What is DoSomething Strategic?

DoSomething Strategic (formerly TMI Strategy) is a consulting group that helps clients drive social change through insights and creative solutions backed by data. Fueled by's proprietary data from millions of young people involved in hundreds of cause initiatives, DoSomething Strategic uncovers what motivates young people to connect with companies and causes they care about. For more information, visit

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Fastweb is the nation's recognized leader in helping students pay for school, by providing scholarship and financial aid information, as well as information on jobs and internships. One out of three college-bound seniors use the site, and more than 50 million users have benefitted from Fastweb’s information and services. Fastweb lets students create personalized profiles that can be matched against its expansive databases of colleges and scholarships. As the oldest and most popular free online scholarship matching service, the database has more than 1.5 million scholarships totaling over $3.4 billion. To learn more about Fastweb, visit

I have more questions, whom should I contact?

We'd be happy to answer any questions you may have. Please contact us at

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