Scholar athlete David Glidden of Mustang High School poses for a photo at Heritage Hall Library on Tuesday, June 14, 2011, in Oklahoma City, Okla. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

Colon scholarship winner: Mustang's David Glidden

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Athletically, Mustang's David Glidden was a three-sport star — a Parade All-American in football, an All-State guard in basketball and a pro prospect in baseball. Academically, he was rock solid with a 3.7 grade-point average and several college credits already on his transcript at Oklahoma State, where he will play football. Video: Glidden talks to Jenni Carlson

Scholar athlete Carissa Villaflor, of Heritage Hall poses for a photo at Heritage Hall Library on Tuesday, June 14, 2011, in Oklahoma City, Okla. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

Colon scholarship winner: Heritage Hall's Carissa Villaflor

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Heritage Hall senior Carissa Villaflor is among the best multisport athletes around, the winner of five team state titles and three individual ones. She is a top-notch student, one B shy of a perfect 4.0 grade point average. “She's such a driven individual,” Heritage Hall principal and longtime family friend Keith Cassell said. Video: Villaflor talks to Jenni Carlson

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About the Bob Colon scholarships


Bob Colon
The scholarships presented to the top scholar-athletes are named for The Oklahoman's late sports editor Bob Colon. With the help of the Jim Thorpe Association, he resurrected the newspaper's scholar-athlete awards in the 1990s and made them one of his annual pet projects until his death in 2005. Scholarship Judges

How it's done


The quest to honor the best scholar-athletes began last fall with a mailing to every high school in the Oklahoma City area. It ends today with the announcement of The Oklahoman/Jim Thorpe Association Scholar-Athletes for 2010.

Who was eligible? Seniors who attend Oklahoma City-area high schools.

How were they nominated? By their schools. A school could nominate as many as three students, who completed a form detailing their athletic and academic achievements. A faculty letter of recommendation was also requested.

Is there a minimum grade point average or standardized test score required? No.

What was the formula for evaluation? Evaluations were based 60 percent on athletics, 40 percent on academics, and excellence was valued over mere participation. For example, a student who played only one sport but played it at a high level received higher consideration that one who played three sports but never started.

How were the school winners chosen? Three members of The Oklahoman's staff evaluated each school's nominations and determined a winner for each school.

How were the scholarship winners selected? A panel that included Oklahoman staff members evaluated the school winners, selecting the top 10 girls and the top 10 boys. Then, a 10-member panel ranked those girls and boys. Their rankings helped determine the overall winners and the runners-up.