Honoring the top high school scholars, athletes, and citizens in the country.
Since 1994, the Wendy’s High School Heisman Program has honored more than 250,000 of the nation’s most esteemed high school seniors in partnership with the Heisman Memorial Trophy® Committee. The leadership award-honorees are well-rounded young men and woman who excel in learning, performing, and leading in the class room, on the field and in the community.
Like The Heisman Memorial Trophy, the Wendy’s program believes in the pursuit of athletic and academic excellence with integrity. And in addition to honoring student accomplishments, the Wendy’s High School Heisman Program inspires all future high school students to pursue their higher education goals.
Every year, the Wendy’s High School Heisman Program and The Heisman Memorial Trophy team up to recognize our nation’s most esteemed high school Seniors. The culmination of this process takes place in December in conjunction with the National Heisman Memorial Trophy presentation during Heisman Weekend in New York City. It’s here where Wendy’s selects its National High School Heisman Winners during a broadcast on ESPN networks. This partnership ensures that high school winners enjoy the prestige of national recognition for their tremendous achievements.
Save these High School Heisman dates!
Don’t miss out on your chance to apply for the Wendy’s High School Heisman Program or to support students in your school who excel. Mark your calendars now and get your chance to receive the recognition you deserve.
Athletic and Academic Awards Program Timeline
February 2012 Students: The online application will be available starting in February 2012. You can win a Wendy’s gift card worth $10 – $50 just for being one of the first 25,000 applicants to apply.
Guidance counselors: check your mail for important High School Heisman Program information and make sure to share it with all the outstanding students in your school.
October 2, 2012 Application deadline. Students applications must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. Central Standard Time in order to be considered.
October 4, 2012 School official review deadline. School officials must complete all application reviews by 5:00 p.m. Central Standard Time to ensure students qualify.
October 23, 2012 School Winners announced on the 2012 Results page and to the press.
October 29, 2012 State Finalists announced on the 2012 Results page and to the press.
November 5, 2012 State Winners announced on the 2012 Results page and to the press.
November 5-20, 2012 National Finalists announced on the 2012 Results page and to the press.
December 2012 National Finalists will be brought to New York City for Heisman Weekend activities and the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award Banquet to be held December 7, 2012 in which the two National Winners will be announced nationally on ESPN2.
Should you or your students apply?
Absolutely! If you are a high school senior—or if you teach or coach one—who’s dedicated to learning, performing, and leading—we’d love to hear from you.
The Wendy’s High School Heisman Program is looking for all types of high-achieving seniors from more than 29,000 public and private high schools within the U.S. We consider young men and women who participate in a wide range of sports and school and community activities. If you’re one of the 1.4 million high school athletes across the country that excels in the classroom, on the field, and within your school and community, apply now. Or if you’re a teacher, coach, counselor, or administrator, learn how to refer a student. And don’t forget to check out the program timeline for important application deadlines and dates.
Know what it takes: Student Eligibility Criteria
To achieve award eligibility for the 2012 Wendy’s High School Heisman Program, students must be seniors during the 2012/2013 academic years, graduating with the class of 2013. Applicants must:
Learn: Have a cumulative high school grade point average (GPA) of a B (3.0) or better.
Perform: Participate in at least one of 27 eligible school-sponsored sports:
- Competitive Spirit/Cheerleading
- Competitive Weight Lifting
- Cross Country
- Field Hockey
- Ice Hockey
- Swimming and Diving
- Track and Field
- Water Polo
Lead: Be a leader in school and in the community and serve as a role model for underclassman.
How It’s Judged
Everything you do counts
Seniors who do it all already know the value of being well-rounded. Through star performance in the classroom, on the field, and in the community, you or your students have done everything it takes to prepare for college and the real world beyond. And that means you, or your students, could have exactly what it takes to become a Wendy’s High School Heisman.
Get With The Program: High School Heisman Program Criteria & Award Eligibility Students who apply will be judged based on their academic achievements, athletic accomplishments, community-leadership, and involvement in various extracurricular activities during grades 9 through 11.
Who’s Judging? ACT, Inc., a leader in the educational testing and services field, scores applicants and determines School Winners, State Finalists, and State Winners. After State Winners are selected, our distinguished panel of judges takes over. Program judges include representatives from the worlds of education, business, and sports along with former college Heisman Memorial Trophy Award winners and former national Wendy’s High School Heisman winners. The judges carefully review nomination forms and vote on the National Finalists and National Winners.
Award Eligibility For an application to make it to the judging process, students must complete and submit their applications by 5:00 p.m. Central Standard Time on October 2, 2012. A school official must review and approve each student’s application by 5:00 p.m. Central Standard Time on October 4, 2012.
Get where you’re going with a little help from the Wendy’s High School Heisman recognition award program.
Kudos to you! If you’re considering applying for the Wendy’s High School Heisman Program, you’ve already accomplished a great deal in your high school career. And the program can help you and your school get the recognition you deserve.
The Wendy’s High School Heisman Program recognizes outstanding seniors and their schools at every stage of the program. Everyone who completes an application can download an official certificate. And if you’re selected as a school, state, or national finalist, you’ll receive a Heisman Patch as well as an official winner’s certificate, medal, or trophy from the program. Plus you’ll be recognized by your school, community, and possibly the nation at special events and ceremonies.
Participating and winning this recognition award will look great on your college and scholarship applications and your resume. But the ultimate reward is the close community of Wendy’s High School Heisman winners you’ll be apart of and the acknowledgement you will receive for a job well done.
The first 25,000 students to apply for the program will receive a Wendy’s Gift Card worth $10 dollars. Winners at each stage of the program also receive increasing amounts of additional Wendy’s Gift Cards, with $500 Gift Cards going to our two National Winners!
As you progress from stage to stage, you can also earn cash prizes for your school. The high schools of all 12 National Finalists each receive a $2,000 donation in the Finalist’s name. And the high schools of our two National Winners will receive $10,000 in donations in the student’s name! Learn more about the program stages and awards.
Get where you’re going.
The Wendy’s High School Heisman Program is committed to helping every student achieve his or her best. Winning can help open up doors for you and create new opportunities. And all students can take advantage of the Program’s resources for making the transition from high school to college. Our tips and advice can help you choose the right school, learn about scholarship information and opportunities, and guide you to learn, perform, and lead in college and beyond. Check out our resources and tips.