NFF Central Pennsylvania Chapter Awards $12,000 in Scholarships to High School Seniors
Posted: Apr 8, 2009
The athletes were singled out from 39 senior football players honored for their athletics, academics and community service at the chapterís 12th Annual Awards Banquet on April 5 at the Penn Stater Conference Hotel in State College. Scholarship winners are selected by a committee of five who review each nominee to determine the 12 winners based on three criteria: (1) Academics - 40%, (2) Football Ability/Performance/Attitude - 40%, and (3) Leadership/Citizenship - 20%. The scholarship money can be used by the student-athlete to help with their education at the college or university of their choice.
The twelve honorees were:
Eric Banks, C (Altoona Area High School)
Kelly Robert Claar, WR/DB (Claysburg-Kimmel High School)
Brett Corl, OT (Bellefonte Area High School)
Anthony Fredo, OT (Bishop Carroll High School)
Brok Greenleaf, T (Central High School)
James Harbison, T (Brookville Area High School)
John Julian, TE/LB(Penn Cambria High School)
Matthew Murray, OG/LB (Tyrone Area High School)
Shane Robinson, OG (Bald Eagle Area High School)
Brad Rocco, RB/DB (Philipsburg-Osceola High School)
Matthew Sabol, RB/LB (West Branch Area High School)
Aaron Michael Shaffer, WR/DB (Brockway Area High School)
The Chapter also honored seven area college student-athletes for their academic and athletic successes:
Kevin Miller, RB (Bucknell)
Eric Baker, QB (Juniata)
Shawn Crebs, LB (Lock Haven)
Nick Reese, DB (Lycoming)
Mark Rubin, S (Penn State)
Jared Colmer, WR (St. Francis)
John Lunardi, S (Susquehanna).
Since initiating the awards banquet in 1997-98, the Central Pennsylvania Chapter has given a total of $118,000 to deserving student-athletes from certain high schools located in the following area counties: Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Cameron, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Huntingdon, Jefferson, Juniata, Lycoming, and Mifflin counties.
A crowd of some 350 helped pay tribute to the 39 senior student-athletes. Al Golden, head football coach at Temple and one-time captain at Penn State, was the featured speaker.
The Central Pennsylvania Chapterís next public event is the NFF/NFL Coaching Clinic for youth coaches May 16 at the Lasch Building on the Penn State campus . The groupís annual Lazzer Lumber Football Classic Golf Tournament is scheduled for June 7 at the Standing Stone Golf Course in Huntingdon.
For Additional Information, please contact Chapter President Frank Rocco at (814-861-3625.
The Progress ran a story about the event. Read the article by clicking here..