December 4, 2019
Cy-Fair High School senior Sophie Scott, center, is presented with a $10,000 scholarship from the Scholarship for Champions Program at a special pep rally on Nov. 20. The program awards scholarships to high school student-athletes who have exhibited remarkable leadership on the field, in the classroom and throughout the community. (Photo by Samantha Blocker, Cy-Fair High School)
By Samantha Blocker, Cy-Fair High School
Dec. 4, 2019—What is it like to play a flag football game with members of the Houston Texans, receive a $10,000 scholarship and also get four tickets and sideline passes to a Texans game? Just ask Cy-Fair High School senior volleyball co-captain Sophie Scott, who experienced and was awarded all of these from the Scholarship for Champions Program.
The program, which is funded by Reliant Energy and the Houston Texans, awards scholarships to high school student-athletes who have exhibited remarkable leadership on the field, in the classroom and throughout the community.
Former Texans wide receiver Cecil Shorts presented the scholarship to Scott at a special pep rally on Nov. 20 at the school.
“I was super taken aback even when my coach called me to tell me about the nomination,” Scott said. “It’s crazy to sit there knowing others look up to me and inspiring.”
Before announcing Scott as the scholarship recipient, Shorts told those in attendance how Scott had overcome kidney failure during her freshman year. Shorts added that Scott’s story impacted him personally as his son went through similar issues.
“It was amazing to see how far the impact of my story can go,” Scott said. “It meant a lot to know I had impacted him and his life. It put a lot into perspective realizing that someone I had never met knew my story.”
Former Houston Texans Wide Receiver Cecil Shorts, left, Cy-Fair High School senior Sophie Scott, center, and Reliant Energy Senior Marketing Manager Katie Register, right, pose with Scott’s $10,000 scholarship check after a special pep rally held for Scott on Nov. 20. (Photo by Samantha Blocker, Cy-Fair High School)
Scott acknowledged her team for this honor. She helped the Bobcats’ volleyball reached the Class 6A Region III championship game in November and earned All-District 17-6A honorable mention.
“I give credit to both my coach and team on the court and my family off the court,” Scott said. “At practice, I was pushed to keep the team balanced by making sure the team was having fun but staying on task and working hard.”
Scott’s parents were in attendance to be part of the celebration.
“Off the court, my parents push me to be a leader by showing me how to treat people and always supporting me,” Scott said. “Growing up with three siblings also gave me the skills to be cooperative and flexible about things.”
Scott’s co-captains, seniors Lauryn Bourne and Amari Alford, both said Scott is like a sister who will always have their backs.
“The thing that went through my mind [when they were announcing the recipient] was this has to be Sophie,” Bourne said. “She is just a good person and she deserves this.”
Scott plans to attend Texas A&M University or Stephen F. Austin State University and study bioenvironmental and biomedical sciences after graduation.