NFF Faculty Salutes, Presented by Fidelity Investments




NFF Faculty Salutes, Presented By Fidelity Investments

Launched in 2011 by Fidelity and the NFF, the NFF Faculty Salutes are an extension of the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards Program that provides postgraduate scholarships for college football’s elite student-athletes. Fidelity, which is also the presenting sponsor of the William V. Campbell Trophy and the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards, has taken on a leadership role with the program as a natural extension of its ongoing support of the scholar-athlete ideal and commitment to higher education nationwide. As part of the program, each school with an NFF National Scholar-Athlete receives recognition for their faculty athletics representative, and a $5,000 donation per school (an average of $60,000-$80,000 total each year) from Fidelity will be made to support the academic support services for student-athletes at each school. The salutes have recognized 88 FARs since the program's inception, and Fidelity has made a total of $440,000 in donations.

“For decades, faculty athletics representatives have played a critical role in the overall educational experience of our country’s student-athletes,” said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. “We are proud to join with Fidelity to highlight their contributions and pivotal support in ensuring that our nation’s student-athletes succeed on and off the field.” 

“Supporting the NFF Faculty Salute Initiative provides Fidelity Investments a meaningful way to further the academic missions of colleges and universities nationwide and recognize accomplished leadership,” said Rick Mitchell, executive vice president, Tax-Exempt Retirement Services, Fidelity Investments. “The NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards showcases an amazing group of student leaders, and the NFF Faculty Salute Initiatives highlight the contributions of the dedicated people who work behind the scenes to help these scholar athletes realize their dreams.”

“Honoring the faculty athletics representatives from the schools with NFF National Scholar-Athletes makes perfect sense,” said NFF Chairman Archie Manning. “There is no group more committed to the well-being of our student-athletes, and the NFF National Scholar-Athlete success stories provide a natural vehicle for emphasizing the important contributions of the faculty athletics representatives in ensuring a strong connection between the academic and athletic experiences of our nation’s student-athletes.”

Fidelity, which is also the presenting sponsor of The William V. Campbell Trophy and the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards, has taken on a leadership role with the initiative as a natural extension of its ongoing support of the scholar-athlete ideal and commitment to higher education nationwide.

The NFF consulted with the I-A Faculty Athletics Representatives Board to design the initiative, and the organizations continue to collaborate on its implementation.

“The efforts of the National Football Foundation and Fidelity not only recognize the work of the FARs at an array of campuses each year, but their efforts also demonstrate that success in college athletics is about more than just athletic accomplishments,” said Brian Shannon, the current president of 1A FAR, a professor of law and the FAR at Texas Tech University. “Participating in college athletics provides the opportunity for a first-class education at many of our nation’s finest institutions.”


The 2016 NFF Faculty Athletics Representatives Honorees

(Names of each school’s NFF National Scholar-Athlete in parentheses)

 

·         Brigham Young University, David Hart (Taysom Hill, QB, 3.45 GPA)

·         Central Michigan University, Kevin Love (Cooper Rush, QB, 3.86 GPA)

·         Delta State University (Miss.), Cooper Johnson (Tyler Sullivan, QB, 3.68 GPA)

·         Duke University, Martha Putallaz (DeVon Edwards, S, 3.35 GPA)

·         East Carolina University, Cal Christian (Zay Jones, WR, 3.56 GPA)

·         Saint John's University (Minn.), Ken Jones (Carter Hanson, LB, 4.00 GPA)

·         San Jose State University, Sen Chiao (Tim Crawley, WR, 3.78 GPA)

·         University of Arkansas, Sharon Hunt (Brooks Ellis, LB, 3.82 GPA)

·         University of Dayton, Kimberly Trick (Chris Beaschler, LB, 3.72 GPA)

·         University of Northern Iowa, Elaine Eshbaugh (Karter Schult, DL, 3.87 GPA)

·         Wake Forest University, Peter Brubaker (Ryan Janvion, S, 3.53 GPA)

·         Western Michigan University, Lisa DeChano-Cook (Zach Terrell, QB, 3.66 GPA)



The 2015 NFF Faculty Athletics Representatives Honorees

(Names of each school’s NFF National Scholar-Athlete in parentheses)

 

·         Baylor University, Jeremy Counseller (Spencer Drango, OT, 3.71 GPA)

·         Ferris State University (Mich.), Kim Hancock (Jason Vander Laan, QB, 3.77 GPA)

·         Kent State University, Kathy Wilson (Jordan Italiano, S, 3.98 GPA)

·         Mississippi State University, Steven Turner (Taveze Calhoun, DB, 3.51 GPA)

·         Ohio State University, John Bruno (Jacoby Boren, C, 3.83 GPA)

·         Unites States Naval Academy, Christine Copper (E.K. Binns, OG, 3.43 GPA)

·         University of California, Los Angeles, Michael Teitell (Jake Brendel, C, 3.43 GPA)

·         University of Massachusetts, Rebecca Spencer (Blake Frohnapfel, QB, 3.65 GPA)

·         University of Montana, Dusten Hollist (Derek Crittenden, DE, 4.00 GPA)

·         University of Mount Union (Ohio), Scott Mason (Hank Spencer, LB, 3.99 GPA)

·         University of Nevada, David Croasdell (Jordan Dobrich, LB, 3.85 GPA)

·         University of Oklahoma, Kelly Damphousse (Ty Darlington, C, 3.91 GPA)



The 2014 NFF Faculty Athletics Representatives Honorees

(Names of each school’s NFF National Scholar-Athlete in parentheses)

 

·         Arizona State University, Jeffrey Wilson (Taylor Kelly, QB, 3.31 GPA)

·         Concordia University Wisconsin, Karl Knorr (Austin Damaschke, QB, 3.67 GPA)

·         Duke University, Martha Putallaz (David Helton, LB, 3.64 GPA)

·         Henderson State University (Ark.), Patrick Wempe (Kevin Rodgers, QB, 3.82 GPA)

·         Indiana University, Kurt Zorn (Mark Murphy, S, 3.85 GPA)

·         Kansas State University, Be Stoney (Tyler Lockett, WR, 3.24 GPA)

·         Michigan State University, Sue Carter (Mike Sadler, P, 3.97 GPA)

·         Missouri State University, Jim Hutter (Caleb Schaffitzel, S, 3.93 GPA)

·         Northern Arizona University, Debbie Craig (Austin Hasquet, LB, 3.97 GPA)

·         Northwestern University, Robert Gundlach (Brandon Vitabile, C, 3.56 GPA)

·         South Dakota State University, Richard Reid (Zach Zenner, RB, 3.87 GPA)

·         Stanford University, Al Camarillo (Jordan Richards, S, 3.31 GPA)
  
·         Tarleton State University (Texas), Robert Newby (Charles Moore, S, 3.83 GPA)

·         Trinity College (Conn.), Christoph Geiss (Mike Mancini, S, 3.82 GPA)

·         United States Military Academy, Cindy Jebb (Terry Baggett, RB, 3.37 GPA)

·         University of Texas at San Antonio, Gregg Michel (Nate Leonard, C, 3.99 GPA)

·         Yale University, Penelope Laurans (Tyler Varga, TB, 3.56 GPA)



The 2013 NFF Faculty Athletics Representatives Honorees

(Names of each school’s NFF National Scholar-Athlete in parentheses)

 

·         Appalachian State University, Alan Hauser (Tony Washington, WR, 3.80 GPA)

·         Augustana College (Ill.), John Delaney (Erik Westerberg, LB, 3.86 GPA)

·         Coastal Carolina University, Sharon Thompson (Niccolo Mastromatteo, WR/PR, 3.94 GPA)

·         Cornell University, Deb Perosio (Jeff Mathews, QB, 3.45 GPA)

·         Duke University, Martha Putallaz (Perry Simmons, OT, 3.83 GPA)

·         Fresno State, Dawn Lewis (Derek Carr, QB, 3.47 GPA)

·         Johns Hopkins University (Md.), Tristan Davies (John Arena, LB, 4.00 GPA)

·         Michigan State University, Michael Kasavana (Max Bullough, LB, 3.56 GPA)

·         Northwest Missouri State University, Matt Walker (Trevor Adams, QB, 3.94 GPA)

·         Pennsylvania State University, Linda Caldwell (John Urschel, OG, 4.00 GPA)

·         University of Georgia, David Shipley (Aaron Murray, QB, 3.30 GPA)

·         University of Iowa, Ellie Herman and Gene Parkin (James Morris, LB, 3.84 GPA)
  
·         University of Nebraska, Josephine Potuto (Spencer Long, OL, 3.79 GPA)

·         University of Oklahoma, Kelly Damphousse (Gabe Ikard, OL, 4.00 GPA)

·         University of Texas at San Antonio, Gregg Michel (Eric Soza, QB, 3.96 GPA)

·         West Texas A&M University, David Rausch (Dustin Vaughan, QB, 3.86 GPA)



The 2012 NFF Faculty Athletics Representatives Honorees

(Names of each school’s NFF National Scholar-Athlete in parentheses)

 

·         Baylor University, Mike Rogers (Nick Florence, QB, 3.79 GPA)

·         Duke University, Martha Putallaz (Sean Renfree, QB, 3.40 GPA)

·         Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Hank Smith (Ethan Peterson, OL, 3.83 GPA)

·         Northern Illinois University, Matt Streb (Nabal Jefferson, DT, 3.78 GPA)

·         Northwestern University,  Robert Gundlach (Patrick Ward, OT, 3.94 GPA)

·         Robert Morris University, Scott Branvold (Nolan Nearhoof, DE, 3.73 GPA)

·         Saint Xavier University (Ill.), Barbara Becker (Shane Zackery, WR, 3.71 GPA)

·         Syracuse University, Mike Wasylenko (Ryan Nassib, QB, 3.57 GPA)

·         Texas Tech University, Brian Shannon (Cody Davis, S, 3.70 GPA)

·         University of Alabama, Kevin Whitaker (Barrett Jones, C, 4.00 GPA)

·         University of Mount Union (Ohio), Scott Mason (Nick Driskill, S, 3.77 GPA)

·         University of Nebraska, Josephine Potuto (Rex Burkhead, RB, 3.43 GPA)

·         University of Notre Dame, Patricia Bellia (Manti Te’o, LB, 3.32 GPA)

·         University of Southern California, Clare Pastore (Matt Barkley, QB, 3.21 GPA)

·         West Texas A&M University, David Rausch (Aaron Mullane, OL, 3.84 GPA)

 

 

The 2011 NFF Faculty Athletics Representatives Honorees

(Names of each school’s NFF National Scholar-Athlete in parentheses)

 

·         Colorado School of Mines, Richard Wendlandt (Clay Garcia, QB, 3.91 GPA)

·         Delta State University, Cooper Johnson (Micah Davis, QB,4.0 GPA)

·         Kansas State University, BeEtta Stoney (Tysyn Hartman, DB, 3.57 GPA)

·         Michigan State University, Michael Kasavana (Kirk Cousins, QB, 3.68 GPA)

·         Northern Illinois University, Jan Rintala (Chandler Harnish, QB, 3.65 GPA)

·         Northwestern State University, Joseph Jody Biscoe (Yaser Elqutub, LB, 3.85 GPA)

·         Purdue University, Jeff Bolin & Christie Sahley (Joe Holland, DB, 3.96 GPA)

·         Texas A&M University, Thomas Adair (Ryan Tannehill, QB, 3.63 GPA)

·         U.S. Military Academy, Colonel Cindy Jebb (Andrew Rodriguez, LB, 4.14 GPA)

·         U.S. Naval Academy, Christine Copper (John Dowd, OG, 3.91 GPA)

·         University of Dubuque, Jean Holdener & Jonathan Barz (Michael Zweifel, WR, 3.90 GPA)

·         University of Georgia, David Shipley (Drew Butler, P, 3.62 GPA) 

·         University of South Dakota, Christina Keller (Chris Ganious, RB, 3.81 GPA)

·         University of South Florida, John Belohlavek (Chaz Hine, OL, 3.86 GPA)

·         Washington State University, Ken Casavant (Jared Karstetter, WR, 3.61 GPA)

·         Yale University, Penelope Laurans (Patrick Witt, QB, 3.91 GPA)

 

About the National Scholar-Athlete Awards

The NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards, presented by Fidelity Investments, were established in 1959 as the first initiative in history to honor scholar-athletes with postgraduate scholarships for their combined athletic, academic and leadership abilities. In 2011, Fidelity Investments became the first official sponsor in the history of the program, which has awarded more than $11.1 million to 828 individuals since its inception. The program currently provides more than $300,000 each year in postgraduate scholarships to the nation’s top football scholar-athletes from all levels of collegiate play.

Nominated by their schools, which are limited to one nominee each, candidates must be a senior or graduate student in their final year of eligibility, have a grade point average of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale, have outstanding football ability as a first team player or significant contributor and have demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship. The class is selected each year by the NFF Awards Committee, which is comprised of a nationally recognized group of media, College Football Hall of Fame inductees and athletics administrators. The committee traditionally selects 12-15 scholar-athletes from across the country for these prestigious $18,000 scholarships.

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