Oct. 3, 2013
Minnesota senior linebacker Aaron Hill was named a candidate for the 2013 National Football Foundation National Scholar-Athlete Awards. Hill, who was one of 170 candidates recognized, is also a semifinalist for the 2013 William V. Campbell Trophy, which recognizes the absolute best scholar-athlete in the nation.
The 170 semifinalists represent the most ever since 2006 when the National Football Foundation increased the nomination standards to require a minimum cumulative 3.2 GPA.
“We take great pride in the record participation by the number of schools in the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards program this year,” said National Football Foundation Chairman Archie Manning whose sons Peyton (William V. Campbell Trophy winner) and Eli were named NFF National Scholar-Athletes in 1997 and 2003, respectively. “It is important for us to showcase that success on the football field starts with winners in the classroom and the community. This year’s record-breaking number of nominations further illustrates the power of our great sport in developing the next generation of influential leaders.”
Hill was named the team’s Butch Nash Award winner each of the last two seasons, which is an honor bestowed upon a student-athlete who is competitive on the field and in the classroom.
Hill, who is from St. Charles in Missouri, has started all five games this year and is third on the team with 29 tackles. He has one interception on the year and also returned one fumble 50 yards for a touchdown.
Candidates for the awards must be a senior or graduate student in their final year of eligibility, have a GPA 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 National Football Foundation Awards Committee, which is comprised of a nationally recognized group of media, College Football Hall of Famers and athletics administrators.
The Awards Committee will select up to 16 recipients, and the results will be announced via a national press release on Thursday, Oct. 31. Each recipient will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship, and they will vie as finalists for the 2013 William V. Campbell Trophy.
Each member of the 2013 National Scholar-Athlete Class will also travel to New York City to be honored Dec. 10 during the 56th NFF Annual Awards Dinner at the Waldorf=Astoria where their accomplishments will be highlighted in front of one of the most powerful audiences in all of sports. One member of the class will also be announced live at the event as the winner of the Williams V. Campbell Trophy.
Named in honor of Bill Campbell, the chairman of Intuit, former player and head coach at Columbia University and the 2004 recipient of the National Football Foundation’s Gold Medal, the award comes with a 25-pound bronze trophy and increases the amount of the recipient’s grant by $7,000 for a total post-graduate scholarship of $25,000. A total distribution of $300,000 in scholarships will be awarded at the National Football Foundation Annual Awards Dinner, pushing the program’s all-time distributions to more than $10.4 million.
Launched in 1959, the National Football Foundation scholar-athlete program became the first initiative in history to award post-graduate scholarships based on both a player’s academic and athletic accomplishments. The William V. Campbell Trophy, first awarded in 1990, adds to the program’s mystique, having previously honored two Rhodes Scholars, a Rhodes Scholar finalist, two Heisman Trophy winners and five first-round NFL draft picks.
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