NFL Alumni Detroit Student Athlete Scholarships

The NFL Alumni-Detroit Chapter supports $2,500 student athlete scholarships for high school student athletes, who attend high school within Wayne County, Michigan. The NFL Alumni - Detroit Chapter believes that student athletes should be recognized for their academic achievement and should be encouraged to pursue career goals beyond athletics.

High school student athletes who will not obtain an athletic scholarship to compete in athletics at the collegiate level are eligible. High school student athletes who will participate in athletics at a college or university that does not give athletic scholarships are also eligible.

Awards to selected winners are sent directly to the recipient's college or university of choice.

Student Personal Development Session
Once selected, our winners are required to participate in a 60 minute personal development session, prior to the release of the financial award. This session will help the student reflect on their life experiences in a structured way that will surface their "superpowers" and the impact they want to have on the world, prior to starting college. Students will gain clarity to help them maximize future opportunities, help determine a field of study in college, and gain a better understanding of self.
Ms. Nydia Cardenas
Founder, SuperpowerD Lab

Eligibility Criteria: Must attend a high school within Wayne County, Michigan USA

    1. Overall High School Grade Point of 2.0 or Better
    2. OR ACT - Minimum score of 19
    3. OR New SAT score of 1090 or better or Old SAT score of 1500 or better
    (must meet ONE of the three criteria above)
  1. High School Senior status
  2. Accepted at a 2-year or 4-year college
  3. Letter of recommendation from High School Coach.
  4. Participated at the varsity level in athletics for at least one year
  5. Has not accepted any scholarship funds or grants to participate in college athletics

NOTE: Children of current or former NFL players are not eligible for this scholarship


If you meet the above criteria and hold a GPA of 3.0 or above you will be eligible for both scholarships that are offered online. If you don't meet the above criteria but at least hold a GPA of 2.0 or above you are only eligible for one of the stated scholarships. Click Below for the Common Scholarship Application. The Selection Committee will properly categorize your scholarship application based upon your submission.  

Online Application

 Closes 3/02/18
Thank you for your submissions. 


I am so grateful for the NFL Alumni scholarship which has not only contributed to my tuition cost, but has also taken a great burden off of mine and my family's shoulders. I have been able to better focus from an academic standpoint instead of worrying about how my college education is to be paid for. It was an honor to receive this scholarship, and the entire experience while dealing with those who have rewarded it to me was enjoyable. - Alexander T.

The NFLA Detroit Scholarship has been so influential in my college success. Before receiving the scholarship, I was struggling financially to the point where I hadn’t had a computer all of high school. The monetary support and computer they provided me inspired me to work as hard as I could to earn a full-ride to Howard University. I am so grateful to the scholarship committee for trusting in me to represent them, and I take full advantage of it every day of school. - Mecca V.

I would like to thank you for the generous donation that you have given me. My family and I have been very grateful ever since we have gotten the news that I have earned this scholarship. It was a real honor to be selected for this scholarship and I know that in the future I will look back on this and see how much this will help me throughout my educational career. When going into college I know many people have to rely on loans so I appreciate the scholarship that was given to me because it will help offset my tuition costs. Once again I would like to express my gratitude to all of you for the generous offer. - Joseph T.

Being rewarded with a scholarship like the NFL Alumni Scholarship definitely makes students work harder because they feel the need to work hard for the people who invest in them and their future.  I cannot thank you guys enough for rewarding me with the scholarship, and as I am sure you know, your scholarships are so meaningful to the people who receive them.  - Teddy A.

The scholarship was very helpful to me and took off a lot of stress from my college experience! I am enjoying my time at Michigan State University and the NFL Alumni Scholarship helped me achieve my potential here at MSU. - Kara M.

Past Recipients

Selection Committee

Cyrill Weems, Chairman Ron Johnson Scott Conover Rob Sims
Allen Hughes Mike Martin Luther Blue Tim Walton
Bobby Thompson Roger Zatkoff