Smith-Cotton High School senior Mylan Hawkins is the 2023-24 recipient of the Mark Johnson Academic Achievement Scholarship.

Smith was a starter at running back for the S-C football team and an Academic All-State honoree.

The annual scholarship – provided by former S-C coach Johnson and his family – awards $500 to a S-C football player who is a full-time starter his senior year. Other eligibility requirements are:

◼ Must have played four years of football for Smith-Cotton High School
◼ Must have a 3.7 grade-point average or higher on a 4.0 scale at the end of his junior year
◼ Must never have been suspended for using illegal drugs, alcohol or tobacco

Hawkins’ name will be engraved on a plaque that is displayed in the S-C gymnasium.

The scholarship, which will be funded by the Johnson family through 2043, was awarded for the first time at the end of the 2013 season, Johnson’s final year leading the Tigers football team.

In the photo: Smith-Cotton senior running back Mylan Hawkins (8) breaks to the outside on a run during S-C’s game against Warrensburg on Sept. 8 at Tiger Stadium. Hawkins earned the 2023-24 Mark Johnson Academic Achievement Scholarship.

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