Andrew J. Carrico Scholarship

The Andrew J. Caricco Scholarship Program (AJCSP) honors the legacy of 1st Lieutenant Andrew J. Carrico, U.S. Army retired, through a selective scholarship program that advances higher education for community-minded leader-athletes. AJCSP competitively awards two annual $1,000 scholarships (one male, one female) to the most outstanding high school senior athletes who demonstrate a keen interest in leadership, public service, entrepreneurial pursuits and educational growth.

Recipients may use the scholarships to attend an accredited two- or four-year college or university of their choice within the United States. Andrew J. Carrico scholarships are not limited to any specific field or career objective and may be used to pursue any academic discipline.

Who is Andrew J. Carrico?

1st Lieutenant Andrew J. Carrico, U.S. Army retired, is the grandfather and role-model of Jeremy C. Holm, founder of A Day of Champions. Lt. Carrico served as a paratrooper during World War II, one of the most elite forces in the United States Army at the time. During his service, Lt. Carrico fought in several South Pacific campaigns, including spending over one month in the jungle eating roots to survive, fierce house-to-house street-fighting and hair-raising beach assaults, as well as one historic combat parachute jump. 

Before he was wounded by machine-gun fire in March of 1945, Lt. Carrico earned multiple citations and awards, including two Bronze Stars and two Purple Hearts. 

In addition to his military service, Andrew J. Carrico was an avid athlete, playing golf and semi-professional baseball in his lifetime. As such, the Andrew J. Carrico Scholarship Program focuses heavily on leadership, service and inner-drive to determine which high school athletes will receive this distinguished award.

Andrew J. Carrico scholarships may be used to supplement benefits from the college or university a student plans to attend and from other foundations or organizations. Recipients may use the scholarship to cover the costs of tuition, fees, books, room and board, computers, health insurance, and other college-related expenses at an accredited four-year college or university within the United States. Andrew J. Carrico Scholarships may not displace financial aid awarded by the college.

Scholarship Requirements:

  • Must be a high school Senior athlete during application year
  • Must attend A Day of Champion's conference in application year
  • Must complete The Champion's Way 12-principled course (download here)
  • Must excel academically & maintain a 3.5 GPA or higher
  • Must exhibit exceptional leadership potential
  • Must participate in community service activities
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Be a US citizen or hold a permanent resident visa card
  • NOTE: Current college students are not eligible to apply

Scholarship Timeline:

Below is the timeline for interested applicants to plan the submission of their application to the Andrew J. Carrico Scholarship Program (AJCSP) as well as key dates when eligible applicants will be notified:

  1. August – January: Interested applicants can begin to complete and submit the AJCSP scholarship application.
  2. January 9: Final postmarked deadline in order to be considered for the Andrew J. Carrico Scholarship Program ONLY.
  3. January - March: Applications are reviewed by the Program staff.
  4. Mid-February: Semi-finalists are notified.
  5. Early March: Finalists are notified and are interviewed by members of the AJCSP Selection Committee and are invited to participate in that year's A Day of Champions conference. Scholarship winners are selected on the basis of their application materials, interviews and participation in community service.
  6. April 1: Winners are notified.