Victory Off the Field

Carolina Panthers Offers Opportunity Through Scholarships


On the football field, the Carolina Panthers aim for victory by capitalizing on opportunities. Off the field, the organization helps young people achieve their dreams by extending academic opportunities. 

Each year, the Carolina Panthers Scholarship Fund at Foundation For The Carolinas awards scholarships to deserving students throughout our region. Recipients are selected based on outstanding athletic participation, leadership and academic achievement. 

“The Carolina Panthers are proud to partner with Foundation For The Carolinas to support the education efforts of some of our region’s best and brightest students,” said Carolina Panthers Director of Community Relations Riley Fields. “The members of this year’s scholarship class serve as outstanding examples of leadership and achievement. The team is pleased to be part of their ongoing successes.”

FFTC currently manages nearly 150 scholarship programs on behalf of families, companies and nonprofits.

The Carolina Panthers Players’ Sam Mills Memorial Scholarship provides scholarships to rising college freshmen who are pursuing a four-year undergraduate degree. The scholarship is named in honor of the late Sam Mills, a former teammate who inspired the Panthers’ famous “Keep Pounding” slogan during his battle with cancer. 2017-2018 recipients included:

  • Gabriel Montgomery (Providence Day School), studying Psychology at Butler University. 
  • Chyna Walker (West Mecklenburg High School), studying Journalism at UNC Greensboro. 

The Carolina Panthers Graduate Scholarship provides scholarships to student-athletes who are pursuing graduate studies. 2017-2018 recipients included:

  • Carl Mattox, who graduated from Mars Hill University and is pursuing his Master’s Degree in Management at Mars Hill University. 
  • Megan Sowell, who graduated from The Citadel and is attending Florida State University College of Law. 

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