SportFacts.org connects our love of sporting events with our equally impassioned love for beautifully parsed data. In a world increasingly ruled by “big data” we believe it is important for sports journalists, athletes and all college-seeking sports fans to dive deep into the mathematics that govern their passion. Whether you’re talking NBA, MLB, NFL or Lacrosse it doesn’t matter to us. Data is data and we love deriving useful conclusions from it all.

We want to hear from bright, young data lovers like ourselves who are going to reinvent their respective fields of play using big data.

How to Enter:

  1. Answer our scholarship question in 300-400 words (response must be written in English).
  2. Put your answer in a Google doc, with your name and year in college at the top (high school seniors allowed).
  3. Fill out our form.
  4. Submit by July 31, 2017.

In 300-400 words, answer the following question:

How will you use sports data in a unique, interesting and impactful way?

We’re looking for essays that incorporate both a passion for sports and a respect for the statistics and measures that govern those sports.  But they needn’t be stuffy and old-fashioned! In fact, we’re looking for students who want to push the boundaries of what’s possible in sports science.

Here are some questions to get you going:

  • How can players better themselves as athletes using data?
  • Can a team use data to choose better players in the first place?
  • How will you organize data that you might report on as a Sports Journalist?

To Be Eligible:

  • You need to be a resident of the United States.
  • You must be a graduating high school senior or currently a freshman, sophomore, or junior in college. We reserve the right to verify date of high school graduation and/or college enrollment.
  • If you’re a graduating high school senior, your GPA must be 3.0 or above.
  • If you’re in college, your GPA must be 2.5 or above.
  • You can’t be related to anyone on the SportsFacts staff.

Entry is subject to the official rules and conditions. As further set forth in the official rules, your entry grants us full permission to republish and otherwise freely use your entry materials and your name and likeness in order to promote SportsFacts or other third parties.

How to Win:

Your essay will be judged based on:

  • 50% = Thoughtfulness of response
  • 30% = Relevance to prompt
  • 15% = Quality of composition
  • 5% = Grammatical accuracy

We’ll choose and notify the winner by August 31st, 2017, and we’ll mail him or her a $1,000 check.

Questions about the scholarship? Email Rob [at] SportFacts.org