National High School Scholar-Athlete Awards



First bestowed in 1991, the NFF National High School Scholar-Athlete Awards have become one of the most prestigious and competitive high school academic honors in the country.

With 120 outposts and more than 12,000 members, the NFF Chapter Network covers more than 5,000 high schools and 500,000 student-athletes in 47 states, annually analyzing the credentials of the top student-athletes from their respective communities. Criteria for the award include but are not limited to academic achievement, athletic accomplishments and community leadership. The chapters subsequently recognize approximately 3,500 of the best scholar-athletes at their local awards banquets, distributing more than $1 million in scholarships.

From this pool of 3,500 scholar-athletes, each chapter is allowed to nominate one candidate, creating a group of finalists for national consideration. A national committee then reviews the finalists, selecting five winners, one from each region of the country. Each of the five recipients travels to New York City where they are honored each December during the NFF Chapter Awards Luncheon, presented by Under Armour, at the historic Waldorf Astoria Hotel. Although college freshman at the time of being honored, the honorees are solely recognized for accomplishments during their high school careers.

Note: The national office only accepts nominations from the chapters.

NFF Chapter High School Scholar-Athletes

The NFF Chapters have honored high school scholar-athletes for more than 57 years with the first outposts established in Northern California and Portland, Ore., in 1959. By the end of 1961, the NFF had launched 70 additional bases throughout the country. Today more than 120 chapters in 47 states serve as the local stewards of the NFF’s mission at the grassroots level, promoting and protecting the game for future generations.

Holding annual awards banquets remains a key component of the NFF Chapter Network, and the organization collectively honors more than 3,500 high school scholar-athletes each year. The NFF Chapter High School Scholar-Athletes represent the best of the best from the more than 500,000 high school football players at the 5,000 high schools covered by the NFF Chapter Network.

Local committees comprised of administrators, coaches and businessmen from the community make the selections while also raising and distributing more than $1 million in annual scholarships. Criteria for recognition include but are not limited to academic achievement, athletic accomplishments and community leadership.

The NFF has honored more than 75,000 scholar-athletes since the first chapter banquet in 1959 while distributing more than $19 million.

Current Recipients

View All Recipients

Corporate Partners





 


 
 
  BCS