The Mount Vernon High School Senior Receives Generous Academic Scholarship to SUNY Brockport
Ahmad Davis-Warner, a recent graduate of The Mount Vernon High School, has been awarded a generous academic scholarship to play football at the State University of New York (SUNY) Brockport that covers nearly all expenses related to tuition, room, and board. Davis-Warner will pursue degrees in business and sports management at the university.
Davis-Warner received an athletic scholarship to join SUNY Brockport’s football team. Beginning fall 2020, he will be one of approximately 7,000 Golden Eagles at the College of Brockport.
A member of The Mount Vernon High School boys varsity football team, Davis-Warner has held defensive tackle and offensive tackle positions. He began playing football at the age of 5, but says it wasn’t until he was in fifth grade that he realized how he could use his weight to his advantage and really succeed as an athlete.
“When I first started playing football, there was a weight limit. As I got older, and I was about 10, I was playing with 12- and 13-year-olds, and it wasn’t as fulfilling,” said Davis-Warner. “Once I found a team without weight limits, I realized how my weight could be an asset and I could get out on the field and do what I do best.”
Although he has a passion for the game, Davis-Warner recognizes the value of hard work in the classroom as well. He participated in Destination College, a tutoring program offered to high school students in Westchester County, for each of his four years of high school and credits that experience and the mentors involved in the program with helping him gain acceptance into a great college.
“Destination College helped me prepare for Regents, and assisted with the college admissions process,” said Davis-Warner. “They were with me every step of the way.”
The football staff at SUNY Brockport scouted Davis-Warner. He says they had contacted him via email and by phone to invite him for an overnight trip to visit the campus.
“It was a really cool experience,” said Davis-Warner. “The college has a great business program with some of the highest rates of graduation, and the coaches welcomed me and treated me like family from the start. That experience really set the school apart and made me realize that it was going to be the best place for me.”
With the next chapter in sight, Davis-Warner recognizes the many people throughout his time in Mount Vernon that have helped set the course for his undergraduate experience.
“I’d like to thank all my coaches. For football, Severin Cornelius, Jared Dendy, Shawn Harper, and Leon Friday. For wrestling, Craig Ramsey and Amos Pierrette. I wouldn’t be where I am if it wasn’t for each of them,” he said.