Scholar-Athlete Program

The NCHSAA Scholar-Athlete program, is one of the Association's most popular voluntary programs and recognizes excellence in the classroom as well as on the playing court or field. The program includes recognition of varsity teams that attain certain grades as well as individual athletes.

Individual Scholar-Athletes attain at least a 3.5 weighted grade point average for the semester in which he or she competed. The award is based on first semester grades for fall and winter sports (DEADLINE MARCH 15) and second semester grades for spring sports (DEADLINE August 1), and the school submits the nomination form verifying the grade point average on behalf of the athlete or team.  

In the team division, a varsity team earns Scholar-Athlete recognition by attaining a 3.1 (unweighted) aggregate GPA for that designated semester. The school receives a certificate honoring the accomplishment and each member of the squad also receives a certificate.

The teams with the top GPA's in the state in their respective sports are recognized at the NCHSAA Annual Meeting in May and will receive a plaque from the NCHSAA.

**Spring 2020 Scholar-Athlete Award Update**

Due to the impact Covid-19 had on 2020 spring semester GPA’s and the different grading options available, we will not be recognizing the team awards in the Spring 2020 Scholar-Athlete program.  Coaches and Athletic Directors are still encouraged to submit individual scholar-athlete information for recognition based on third quarter grades or most recent numerical grade available.  The deadline for individual scholar-athlete award submission is August 1.


Scholar-Athlete Online Application



Scholar-Athlete Essay Contest Information 

 Check back in September for the Fall 2020 Scholar-Athlete Essay Contest!