Rotary Champions is an annual event presented by the Rotary clubs of the Pikes Peak Region. The awards ceremony is held to honor outstanding scholar-athletes from El Paso and Teller County high schools who have placed a high value on academics and leadership in school, community, and home.
Through Rotary Champions, recognition is given to approximately 400 outstanding scholar-athletes from high schools throughout the Pikes Peak Region. From this elite group, 25 nominees, each representing a CHSAA-sanctioned sport, are awarded a Champions Medallion. The top female and male scholar-athletes are selected to receive our Rotary Champion Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award, which includes a $5,000 college scholarship, paid over four years, and a trophy. Since 1985, Rotary Champions has awarded 60 scholarships totaling $300,000.
The Rotary Champions Foundation is a Colorado 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit corporation.
The 2016 Rotary Champions Awards Ceremony will be held on Monday, May 8, 2017, at the Pikes Peak Center. Last year, approximately 400 student-athletes were nominated by 30 high schools in the Pikes Peak region. The Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year was Peter McEvoy of Pine Creek High School. Allison Popelar of Rampart High School was chosen as the Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year. In addition, the "Ian Weikel Champion of Service Award", given to the student who exemplifies community service in his or her daily life, was awarded to Delaney Keeler of The Vanguard School.
The minimum requirements for nomination include: participation in a CHSAA sanctioned varsity sport; a grade point average of 3.0 or higher; evidence of leadership in school, community, and home. Parents, students, and school officials are encouraged to participate in the nomination process. Nominees will be instructed by their coach or Athletic Director to complete the Champions nomination application via our website. User names and passwords will be provided by the Athletic Director.
Please click here for the Rotary Champions 2015 Nomination Form.