34 Scholarships Worth Over $100K Awarded To Pensacola Sports Senior Scholar Athletes

May 13, 2021

Each year, Pensacola Sports brings together the top senior student athletes in each sport from Escambia and Santa Rosa County schools for a scholarship recognition program.  The 2021 Senior Scholar Athlete Awards event had 227 senior nominees that were introduced during the event at at Olive Baptist Church.

“This might be our best event we do,” said Pensacola Sports President Ray Palmer.  “There are some tremendously smart and talented young adults growing up in our school districts and we get to meet and recognize them at this event.  It is a great night for everyone involved.”

Jane “Merrill” Dickerson from Washington High School volleyball and Jordan McCants from Pensacola Catholic High School baseball, won the overall female and male scholarships, respectively.  Pensacola Sports awarded these two individuals each with a $4,000 scholarship.

Other awardees were:

Dr. Alec Kessler Memorial Scholarship – named for Dr. Alec Kessler, a standout basketball player at University of Georgia and Miami Heat and later an orthopedic surgeon at the Andrews Institute before he passed away suddenly at the age of 40. This scholarship is awarded to students of good character who excels in academics and sports and involved in the community.

Riley Poggi – Pace

Tailor Ernst – Navarre

Levi Cherek – Pensacola

Timothy Burman – Navarre

Prosser Crow – Tate

University of West Florida Scholarship – Awarded to a student-athlete who is attending UWF in the coming year.

Jillian Thornton – Jay

Super Star Multi-Sport Scholarship – Awarded to two students who excelled in the classroom and in more than one sport their senior year.

Landry Cato – Jay

Chance Outten  – Escambia

Additionally, Pensacola State College awarded 24 individual sport winners with a one-year renewable scholarship.

The individual sport winners are:

Baseball — Hunter Pierson, Escambia

Girls Basketball — Kinsey King, Catholic

Boys Basketball — Trenton Moye, Central

Cheerleading — Ashlyn NeSmith, Tate

Boys Cross Country — Christopher Bissell, West Florida Tech

Girls Cross Country — Mira Helms , Gulf Breeze

Football — Brennan Smith, Escambia

Girls Golf — Meredith McGhee, Northview

Boys Golf — Maxwell Page,  Catholic

Girls Lacrosse — Lauren Thompson ,  Gulf Breeze

Boys Lacrosse — Joseph Snider,  Gulf Breeze

Girls Soccer — Kendall Blackmon, Tate

Boys Soccer — Jackson Hamrick,  Catholic

Softball — Kariana Williams,  Escambia

Girls Swimming — Paige Connors, West Florida Tech

Boys Swimming — Jack Rowell,  Pace

Girls Tennis — Adele Dorion,  Pensacola

Boys Tennis — Kyle Kizilbash, Pensacola

Girls Track — De’Aundra Johnson,  Pine Forest

Boys Track — Abe Pasion, West Florida Tech

Volleyball — Willow Sinkus-Blackburn, Pace

Schools in both Escambia and Santa Rosa nominate their senior athletes for each sport. A selection committee made of educators, community leaders, and Pensacola Sports board members reviews the anonymous applications and select the best person’s credentials for each sport. Those are the individual sport winners. Then they select the overall male and female winners from the individual sport winners.


3 Responses to “34 Scholarships Worth Over $100K Awarded To Pensacola Sports Senior Scholar Athletes”

  1. Tori on May 13th, 2021 12:05 pm

    Congratulations Hunter P…. Coach T

  2. Tori on May 13th, 2021 12:03 pm

    Congratulations JMac… Way to keep representing Cantonment/Quintette. Proud of You

  3. Nicole Van Nice on May 13th, 2021 1:17 am

    My son won one of the scholarships for boys weightlifting from Tate. We are so proud of our young man!

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