FORT WORTH, Texas (Jan. 21, 2020) – The Davey O’Brien Foundation has announced that Kaedric Cobbs of John H. Guyer High School in Denton is the winner of the 34th Annual Davey O’Brien High School Scholarship Award. The announcement was made at the foundation’s annual luncheon at The Fort Worth Club.
The $30,000 scholarship is partially underwritten by Higginbotham and Simmons Bank. Recipients of the Davey O’Brien High School Scholarship are chosen on the basis of scholastic achievements, community service, character, leadership and varsity sports participation. As part of the selection process, the committee interviewed all five finalists.
The first-ever winner from Denton Guyer, Cobbs ranks first in his class of 631 students with a perfect 5.0 grade-point average. A member of the National Honor Society, he also co-created and is president of the Men After God’s Own Heart organization. In addition, Cobbs is a Senior Lantana Wildcat, Blue Crew leader and a member of the Peer Assistance & Leadership Program (P.A.L.S.).
On the football field, he totaled 6,762 yards and 102 touchdowns on 837 carries (8.1 yards per carry) over his four-year career. As a senior, Cobbs rushed for 2,641 yards and 42 touchdowns and helped Denton Guyer to a 14-2 overall record and an appearance in the UIL Class 6A Division II state championship game.
In 2019, Cobbs was named Class 6A First-Team All-State by the Texas Associated Press Sports Editors and was Second-Team All-Texas by MaxPreps. Additionally, he was the USA Today National Player of the Week in week two.
During his career, he posted 43 100-yard rushing games, including 25 consecutive, and amassed five 200-yard rushing games. He also earned invitations to the 2019 All-America Bowl and Offense-Defense Bowl.
Cobbs also earned All-Area Offensive MVP and first-team all-area honors, was a two-time first-team all-district selection and was the District 6-6A Offensive Newcomer of the Year as a sophomore. As a freshman, he was named the District 5-4A Offensive Newcomer of the Year and was a MaxPreps Freshman All-American at Melissa High School.
A two-sport standout, Cobbs also was the District Newcomer of the Year in basketball in 2017.
In the community, he has participated in bi-weekly trash collection, has mentored troubled kids, collected and distributed food for homeless shelter and organized a hurricane relief service trip to Houston to help with Hurricane Harvey relief.
Since its inception in 1977, the Davey O’Brien Foundation has distributed well over $1 million in scholarships and university grants to help high school and college athletes transform leadership on the field to leadership in life.
The High School Scholarship, first awarded in 1986, applies to the college or university of the winner’s choice. Winners over the past dozen years have attended Columbia University, Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Pomona College, Princeton University, Rice University, Texas A&M University, Texas Christian University and Vanderbilt University.
The Foundation will also award $2,500 scholarships to each of this year’s four other finalists: Peyton Dooley (Highland Park H.S.), Harper Dunne (Trinity Valley School), Osadolor Osawemwenze (Lake Highlands H.S.) and Adam Tobin (J.J. Pearce H.S.).
Cobbs will be honored at the Fort Worth Club on Monday, Feb. 17, at the 43rd Annual Davey O’Brien Awards Dinner alongside Joe Burrow of LSU (National Quarterback Award), Steve Bartkowski (Legends Award) and the National Football Foundation (Charles Ringler Founder’s Award).
A limited number of individual tickets for the dinner are available in the Governor’s Room for $200 each, a portion of which is tax deductible. Please contact the Davey O’Brien Foundation at (817) 338-3488 for more information.
About the Davey O’Brien Foundation
The Davey O’Brien Foundation was founded in 1977 to honor and remember the strong character and leadership of football great, Davey O’Brien. Widely known for its Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award, the Foundation recognizes champions on and off the field through awards programs encouraging academic and career success. The Foundation has given away more than $1 million in scholarships and university grants to help high school and college athletes transform leadership on the field to leadership in life. For more information, visit www.DaveyOBrien.org.
Higginbotham is a single source for insurance and financial services that brokers business insurance, employee benefits, retirement plans, executive benefits, life insurance and home/auto insurance from more than 250 regional and national carriers. It supplements coverage with in-house risk management and benefit plan administration services. The firm was founded in 1948 and is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, with more than 35 additional offices statewide and in Oklahoma and Georgia serving domestic and international customers. Higginbotham ranks by revenue as the nation’s 24th largest independent insurance brokerage firm, making it the largest Texas-based broker (Business Insurance, July 2019). Visit www.Higginbotham.net for more information.
About Simmons Bank
Simmons Bank is an Arkansas state-chartered bank that began as a community bank in 1903. Through the decades, Simmons has developed a full suite of financial products and services designed to meet the needs of individual consumers and business customers alike. Simmons has grown steadily to approximately $17.8 billion in assets (as of Sept. 30, 2019) and today operates approximately 200 branch locations throughout Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas. Simmons is the subsidiary bank for Simmons First National Corporation (NASDAQ: SFNC), a publicly traded bank holding company headquartered in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. For more information, visit www.simmonsbank.com.