The William V. Campbell Trophy

Established: 1990
Endowed by Healthsouth

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Named in honor of William V. Campbell, the chairman of Intuit, former player and head coach at Columbia University and the 2004 recipient of the NFF's Gold Medal, the trophy has become the most prestigious and desirable "academic" award in college football. The trophy recognizes an individual as the absolute best in the country for his academic success, football performance and exemplary community leadership.

Known as "The Coach of Silicon Valley," Bill Campbell has become one of our country's most influential business leaders, playing critical roles in the success of Apple, Google, Intuit and countless other high tech companies. The captain of the 1961 Columbia Ivy League championship team, he found his true calling after an unlikely career change at age 39 from football coach to advertising executive. His ability to recruit, develop, and manage talented executives - all lessons learned on the gridiron - have proven to be a critical component of his ability to inspire his business teams to the highest levels of success. Today, Campbell is driven by a heartfelt desire to give back, and he has quietly given away tens of millions of dollars to multiple charities while also finding an hour and half each autumn weekday to coach an eighth-grade boys and girls flag-football team near his home in Palo Alto, Calif.

Criteria and Selection Process 
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; and 
* Have demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship. 

Selected by the NFF Awards Committee in October, the finalists and the winner are all honored at the NFF Annual Awards Dinner in December at the Waldorf=Astoria in New York City. Each finalists receives an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship as a member of the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class. The individual selected as the absolute best and the winner of the Campbell Trophy has his postgraduate scholarship increased to a total of $25,000. The award comes with a 25-pound bronze trophy.\

William V. Campbell Trophy is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA). The NCFAA was founded in 1997 as a coalition of the major collegiate football awards to protect, preserve and enhance the integrity, influence and prestige of the game's predominant awards. The NCFAA encourages professionalism and the highest standards for the administration of its member awards and the selection of their candidates and recipients. For more information, visit the association's official Web 

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