Photo: Wendy’s High School Heisman Scholarship.

By: Jill Fox

Student athletes who excel both on the field and in the classroom are eligible to apply for a scholarship which can earn them up to $5,000 towards college.

The 2018 Wendy’s High School Heisman Scholarship is now accepting applications and applicants should be high-achieving seniors from high schools within the U.S.  Along with sports, students should take part in both school and community activities.

This award was created more than 20 years ago by the late Wendy’s founder Dave Thomas, who dropped out of high school when he was just 15-years-old. After becoming so successful, he worried that others would expect to succeed without finishing high school or attending college. So, at 61, Thomas earned his GED and was honored at a ceremony at Coconut Creek High School.

Shortly after, he launched the Wendy’s High School Heisman program. The scholarship honors high school seniors who share Wendy’s values of giving back to their communities, treating people with respect, furthering their education and excelling in athletics.

Students must be a graduating senior; have a GPA of 3.0 or better; be a leader in school and in the community; and participate in one of the 47 sports recognized by the International Olympic Committee in the Summer and Winter Olympic Games or the National Federation of State High School Association and sponsored by your school.

National Award Winners will receive a $5,000 college scholarship, as well as recognition during ESPN’s telecast of the college Heisman presentation. There will be other monetary prizes given out for Florida winners and finalists.

Parkland students must submit their application by October 17 in order to be considered at Wendy’s High School Heisman Scholarship.