ST. LOUIS – May 9, 2013 – With high school graduations approaching, the St. Louis Sports Commission is making a final call for nominations for its annual Sportsmanship Scholarship.

The $5,000 scholarship is awarded to a graduating high school student from the St. Louis area who demonstrates outstanding sportsmanship in athletic competition. Administered by the Sports Commission Associates – the Sports Commission’s young professionals group – the scholarship is part of the organization’s ongoing Sportsmanship Initiative and efforts to promote sportsmanship in the community.

The Sportsmanship Scholarship nomination packet can be obtained online at or by calling 314-345-5130. Nominations must be received by June 14, 2013. The recipient will be selected by July 31.

Scholarship candidates should be nominated for embodying the ideals and values of sportsmanship: honesty, integrity, civility, selflessness, kindness, compassion and class. Candidates will be evaluated for their approach and character in competition. Athletic performance (wins and other statistics) is not a factor in the scholarship selection. Those connected to athletic teams, such as student managers, also are eligible for the scholarship should their leadership and behavior represent an extraordinary standard for all in sports to follow. Greatest consideration will be given to nominees who demonstrate a track record of sportsmanship and respect directed at opponents, officials and the spirit of the game.

The Sports Commission Associates created the Sportsmanship Scholarship in 2009. The Associates raise funds for the scholarship and select the recipient. In four years, they have awarded $20,000 to nine deserving area students. Their bios can be viewed at

The Sports Commission Associates will host their fourth annual Trivia Night on Aug. 24 at THE HEIGHTS community center in Richmond Heights to raise funds for the Sportsmanship Scholarship. To participate, call 314-345-5101.