Flintridge Prep’s Germaine Harvey ’20 Awarded Foot Locker Scholar-Athlete College Scholarship
On Thursday, May 28, Foot Locker announced Germaine Harvey ’20 as one of the 20 recipients of the Foot Locker Scholar-Athletes program award. Harvey was chosen out of thousands of applicants to receive a $20,000 scholarship to help pay for college tuition. The award recognizes each student’s demonstration of “excellence in school, on their sports team, and in their communities.” This year, Foot Locker honored Harvey for his leadership, academic excellence, and athletic contributions at Prep—an exciting cap to his four years at Prep and recent Commencement.
Harvey remembers watching Kendall Kikkawa ’17 receive the same Foot Locker scholarship back when he was a freshman, and since then, he was determined to apply during his college application process. The extensive application involved four essays where Harvey shared his story, from details about Harvey’s leadership roles on campus and in the community, to a challenging situation he’s overcome, to showcasing his character and leadership style.
Before the big announcement, Foot Locker reached out to Harvey’s parents, Darryl and Magdaline, to let them know he’d won. “They found out ahead of time and kept the secret,” Harvey says, laughing. On May 28, Harvey joined a video call with Foot Locker and the other 19 applicants, including a special guest appearance by Collin Sexton of the Cleveland Cavaliers. You can watch the full video on Foot Locker’s YouTube channel.
Harvey has been part of Prep’s Athletic Council on Leadership (ACL) since his sophomore year at Prep, as first years are not eligible to join. As an ACL captain of Life Lessons his senior year, he organized the Special Olympics and the partnership between Prep ACL students and the Boys & Girls Club for an after-school program. The program matches Prep students with kids who are struggling academically and provides one-on-one tutoring in math, science, and English, and mentorship.
It was the ACL partnership with the Boys & Girls Club summer camp that first introduced Harvey to Prep back in 2015, and to then-Director of Athletic Initiatives Alex Rivera. “He was not hard to notice by the staff and ACL members the minute he got off the bus and stepped foot on the campus,” says Rivera of Harvey. “His huge beautiful smile and glowing charisma just brightened and energized the camp for the entire week. I knew then that he was going to make a difference in people’s lives around him, that convinced me to approach his parents about the idea of attending Prep… the rest is history.”
Harvey is a National AP Scholar and a member of the Spanish National Honor Society, as well as Prep’s Student Community Action Council. Last summer, he was part of the inaugural Prep Global Studies trip to Cuba. While in Havana, Harvey and his fellow classmates and teachers learned about the art scene and culture of Cuba, and Harvey catalogued his daily musings and experiences in a journal that he later turned into an art piece. Read more about his experience in the Winter 2020 issue of PrepTalk.
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