Each year the Touchdown Club Foundation awards four $1,000 college scholarships to qualified students/athletes. The following are the requirements and procedures and the application form.


  1. Graduate from a senior high school located in Summit County, Portage County, or select schools from Medina County.
  2. During senior year in high school earn at least one (1) varsity letter for participation in an interscholastic sport.
  3. Meet the minimum academic standards set for applicants for Athletic grants-in-aid, at the college they wish to attend — maintain academic requirements that exist for students at the same school who hold athletic grants or awards.
  4. Complete the Touchdown Club Scholarship Application form ( 2021 PDF Application or 2021 Word.doc Application)and return to chairperson — Jill Hanigofsky 497 Koerber Avenue Akron, Ohio 44314, BEFORE FEBRUARY 17, 2021. ENCLOSE WITH APPLICATION A TRANSCRIPT OF HIGH SCHOOL GRADES, CREDITS, AND ACT SCORES.
  5. Make arrangements to have TWO (2) letters of recommendation sent to the scholarship chairperson (Ms. Jill Hanigofsky) BEFORE FEBRUARY 17, 2021.
  6. Complete entrance requirements and file application forms for enrollment to university or college of applicant’s choice — by JUNE 1, 2021.

NOTE: Scholarship recipients will be notified by mail as soon as award winners are determined.

Please go to this site to find the application.


James E. Sovacool Scholarship Recipients


The following student-athletes are the recipients of the James E. Sovacool Scholarship, presented by the Akron Touchdown Club Foundation.  Each of the following will receive $1000 for the upcoming school year at the college of their choice.


Josh Davis will graduate from Copley High School where he excelled on the soccer pitch.  In both his junior and senior years he was named All Ohio First Team Division I.  He is a two-year Akron Touchdown Club All-Star, including being named Soccer Player of the Year for Fall of 2020.  Josh carries a 3.46 GPA and plans on studying Business Marketing and Political Science at Cleveland State University, where he will continue his soccer career.


Max Gucker attends Cloverleaf High School, where he has a 3.69 GPA.  He has participated in Cross Country and Track and Field for his entire high school career.  As a senior in cross country, he was the Portage Trail Conference Runner of the Year and a State Qualifier.  His personal best time ranks third best at Cloverleaf.  He was a State Qualifier in the 3200 in track in 2020 and has been named an Academic All-Ohioan multiple times for both sports.  Max will attend Malone University where he will run both cross country and track, while pursuing a degree in Integrated Social Studies with the goal of becoming a high school teacher.


Evelyn Haydu attends Wadsworth High School and carries a 3.922 GPA.  An accomplished volleyball player, Evelyn has quite a list of awards and has led the Lady Grizzlies to back to back Suburban League National Conference champs.  This year she was named the Akron Touchdown Club Volleyball Player of the Year, as well as Medina County First Team.  She is a four-time recipient of the Suburban League Scholar Athlete Award.  Evelyn will continue her volleyball career at Ashland University.


Hope Murphy ranks second in her class at Mogadore High School, where she carries a 4.5 GPA.  She has a total of 10 letters, amassed in cross country, basketball and track and field.  In cross country, she is a two-time State Qualifier and received All-Ohio Honors this past Fall.  She was recognized for her accomplishments by being named a Touchdown Club All-Star for her senior year.  In track, she has been a State Qualifier all three years, once in the 400 meter and twice in the 800 meter.  She is a school record holder for the 400, 800, 1600 and 4X400 relay team.  She is a two-time All-Ohio honoree in the 800 meter.  Hope will attend either Malone University or Baldwin Wallace University, where she will pursue a degree in Education.  She plans to run cross country, indoor track and outdoor track at the collegiate level.