The WINGED FOOT SCHOLAR-ATHLETE AWARD is designed to recognize the top scholar athletes in Collier County’s high schools, public and private.
The WINGED FOOT SCHOLARSHIP was created in the spirit of the Downtown Athletic Club’s Heisman Trophy.
The program currently pays tribute to thirteen “Winged Foot Nominees” consisting of one senior scholar-athlete, selected by school officials, to represent each participating high school. In the week prior to the awards ceremony, each nominee will be featured in the Naples Daily News sports section. Heavy emphasis will be placed on academic and leadership achievements as well as athletic accomplishments.
- Senior class member of high moral character.
- Commitment to attend a fully accredited junior college, college or university.
(Continuation in athletics not required)
- Letter of recommendation from one coach.
- Letter of recommendation from one teacher, other than a coach.
- Cumulative grade point average through the first semester of senior year of at least 3.0.
- Varsity letter earned in at least two FHSAA-sanctioned sports.
As their school’s nominee, a transcript through the first semester of senior year.
- As their school’s nominee, a personal interview with the Winged Foot Selection Committee.
- Consideration for Advanced Placement and Honors classes.
- Officer in any student government or official club/organization recognized by the school.
- Member of the National Honor Society or National Merit Scholarship Foundation.
- Member of any honorary or service group within or exclusive of school.
- Career varsity letters earned.
- Seasonal Most Valuable Player (MVP), All-County, District and State selection.
- Participant in a state meet, match or championship game in sports in which the athlete earned a varsity letter.
- State champion.
Nominees receive a $5,000 scholarship and a plaque. The winner receives a $10,000 scholarship ($2,500 per year for four years) and a Winged Foot trophy. Additionally, the winner’s name will be engraved on the original Winged Foot trophy and proudly displayed at Gallagher Insurance.
All applications will be due to Coach Scott, our Activities Coordinator, before April 7, 2023.
Please allow sufficient time to acquire the required documents.
Good luck and best wishes!
Click on the link below for the Winged Foot application:
Peyton Davidson will represent Gulf Coast High as our Winged Foot Nominee for 2023. Peyton was selected out of an elite group of student-athletes by our selection committee. Peyton is a four-year Varsity lacrosse player, a three-year Junior Varsity basketball player, and was a captain of the inaugural Varsity female weightlifting/powerlifting team. She is also the Battalion Commander of the GCH JROTC unit and plans to continue her athletic and academic career as an ROTC cadet at Embry Ridlle Aeronautical University. She will major in Homeland Security to join the Army upon graduation.
Gulf Coast High School Winged Foot Winners
Lee Campell - 2008
Paul Gomes - 2018
Trace Davidson - 2021
GCHS Winged Foot Nominees:
2000 - Emily M. Van Leeuwen
2001 - Andrew Pacer
2002 - Kristin Downey
2003 - Sean Griffin
2004 - Katie Jenner
2005 - Ashlyn Bruce
2006 - Lee Campbell (Winner)
2007 - Jennifer Maybin
2008 - Stephanie McNamara
2009 - Molly Lawson
2010 - Karina Mambuca
2011 - Kristien Ma
2012 - Matthew Colligan
2013 - Kali Heller-Spencer
2014 - Caroline Barlow
2015 - William Shisler, Jr.
2016 - Lukas Masterson
2017 - Vasy Montague
2018 - Paula Gomes (Winner)
2019 - Tobey McDonough
2020 - Justin Mattia
2021 - Trace Davidson (Winner)
2022 - Reese Tremitiere
2023 - Peyton Davidson