The 2018 Scholar Athlete Awards recipients were honored at the annual awards banquet held on June 4, 2018 at The Jefferson Hotel. The program, which is co-sponsored by the Richmond Times-Dispatch and Sports Backers, honors student athletes from across the Richmond region who excel on the field, as well as in the classroom.

Soccer player Lexi Long, from Deep Run High School, and swimmer Matthew Whelan, from J. R. Tucker High School, were named the 2018 Scholar Athletes of the Year. Both Long and Whelan won $7,500 in scholarship funds. Sixteen additional finalists received $2,500 each.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch has funded the Scholar Athlete scholarship program for 27 years and has awarded more than $1 million during that time.

We're proud to lend our support to our student athletes and the parents, teachers, and coaches who motivate them to strive for excellence.