Emma Arnold from Midlothian Heritage High School and Jordan Walker from Midlothian High School each received $1,000 scholarships from the John Lee Foundation.

Several hundred student-athletes from the Dallas-Fort Worth area applied for the scholarship that required a minimum GPA of 3.0, submission of a letter of recommendation from their high school coach and an essay outlining how they have a "Heart of a Warr10r."

John Lee was a rising senior student-athlete from Mansfield when he passed away in July 2017 after going into sudden cardiac arrest while playing basketball. He was later diagnosed with an undetected heart condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). At the time of his passing, Lee was being heavily recruited to play basketball at several Ivy League and high academic universities. He planned on majoring in international finance and working on Wall Street.

"Both Arnold and Walk best reflected what John stood for — an unbreakable spirit, tenacious work ethic, outstanding character and academic excellence," reads the foundation's announcement. "Congratulations to them both."


The John Lee Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that was established to raise awareness of this silent killer in student-athletes, provide heart screenings and ultimately find a cure for HCM. The Memorial Scholarship was created to recognize student-athletes that have dedicated their time and hearts to excellence both in the classroom and in their sport, just as John did.

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