Freedom senior wins Heisman Scholarship

Freedom senior wins Heisman High School Scholarship
Posted on 11/14/2019

Freedom High School senior Riley C. is a state winner in the 2019 Heisman High School Scholarship program and recipient of a $500 college scholarship. The Heisman High School Scholarship extends the prestige of the Heisman Memorial Trophy, which is awarded annually to the most outstanding college football player in the nation, to the nation’s most esteemed high school seniors. The high school scholarship recognizes and rewards outstanding scholar-athletes who understand that the most important victories not only happen on the field, but in their schools and communities.


Riley was chosen from an applicant pool of thousands of high school scholar-athletes. A multi-sport athlete, Riley plays soccer, swims, competes in cross-country, is a chamber singer, is a member of the Anchor Club and National Honors Society and is the student body treasurer. After graduation, she plans to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and pursue a career in medicine.


Riley is now eligible to compete for the chance to become national finalist and national winner in the Heisman High School Scholarship program. National finalists receive a $1,000 college scholarship and the male and female national winners will each receive a $5,000 college scholarship and a trip to New York City to attend the 2019 Heisman Trophy Weekend events including the televised ESPN Heisman Trophy ceremony and 85th annual Heisman Dinner Gala. National finalists are announced Nov. 18 and national winners are announced Dec. 4.


To apply, students must be graduating with the class of 2020, have a cumulative weighted high school grade point average of a B (3.0) or better, participate in at least one of the 48 sports recognized by the International Olympic Committee and/or the National Federation of State High School Association and be a leader in his/her school and community.

The Heisman High School Scholarship continues the legacy of the Wendy’s High School Heisman Scholarship, a program created in 1994 by Wendy’s founder Dave Thomas in partnership with The Heisman Trophy Trust. Over the past 25 years, the program has honored more than 600,000 of the nation’s most esteemed high school seniors and provided hundreds of thousands of dollars in college scholarships to students and more than a million dollars to high school academic and athletic programs across the country.


The Heisman High School Scholarship program honors the nation’s most accomplished, community-minded high school senior athletes. By inviting students from schools across the country to share their stories of leadership and impact, the program aims to inspire all students to harness their potential, push their limits, and use their talents not only to advance their own futures, but to improve the communities and world around them.

At Patton High School, Byson Ratliff was chosen as a school-level recipient of the award.

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