Cornell's Mathews Earns NFF National Scholar-Athlete Award, Named Campbell Trophy Finalist
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DALLAS -- Cornell senior quarterback Jeff Mathews was named one of 16 recipients of the 2013 National Football Foundation (NFF) National Scholar-Athlete Awards, presented by Fidelity Investments®, and a finalist for the 2013 William V. Campbell Trophy, endowed by HealthSouth, which recognizes an individual as the absolute best football scholar-athlete in the nation.
Recognized as one of the most impressive classes in the storied history of the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards Program, the 16-member class of 2013 was selected from a nationwide pool of 171 exceptional semifinalists from among all NCAA divisions and the NAIA.
Mathews is the 50th Ivy Leaguer to be honored as a NFF National Scholar-Athlete. The League's last finalist was Yale's Patrick Witt in 2011. In 2008, Yale's Casey Gerald spoke on behalf of the 16 finalists at the famous Waldorf=Astoria Hotel in Manhattan.
Mathews has amassed a litany of firsts for the Big Red. The first-ever sophomore to win the Asa S. Bushnell Cup as Ivy League Offensive Player of the Year now becomes the third NFF National Scholar-Athlete in school history. He is the League's all-time leader in passing yards, completions, attempts, 400-yard passing games, 300-yard passing games and total offensive yards.
A two-time Academic All-Ivy selection, he has earned higher than
a 3.0 GPA in every semester of his college career. The Dean's List
member graduated last spring with a degree in applied economics and
management, and he earned a spot as a member of Cornell's Red Key
Athletic Honor Society. The Camarillo, Calif., native is a member
of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and he participated in a
mission trip to help out disadvantaged youth with a group called
Urban Promise. Mathews volunteers as a member of Big Red Readers
and at events with Ithaca's chapter of Big Brothers/Big Sisters and
Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
Each member of the 2013 National Scholar-Athlete Class will travel to New York City to be honored Tuesday, 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. They each receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship, and one member of the class will also be announced live at the event as the 24th recipient of the William V. Campbell Trophy, which recognizes an individual as the absolute best scholar-athlete in the nation. The recipient of the Campbell Trophy will also be honored at the NFF Board of Directors meeting and at a reception hosted by the New York Athletic Club on Wednesday, Dec. 11.
Launched in 1959, the NFF 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.
Named in honor of Bill Campbell (the chairman
of Intuit, a former player and head coach at Columbia, and the 2004
recipient of the NFF's Gold Medal), the award comes with a 25-pound
bronze trophy and a $7,000 increase in postgraduate funds for a
total scholarship of $25,000. A total distribution of $300,000 in
scholarships will be awarded that evening, pushing the program's
all-time distributions to more than $10.4 million.
In 2011, the NFF and Fidelity Investments launched a multi-year initiative between the two organizations to celebrate the scholar-athlete ideal and a joint commitment to higher education. As part of the initiative, Fidelity became the first presenting sponsor ever in the 55-year history of the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards program. Fidelity also helped launch the NFF Faculty Salutes initiative, which recognizes the contributions of the faculty athletics representatives at each of the institutions with an NFF National Scholar-Athlete. As part of the initiative, the NFF will present each of the faculty representatives with a plaque and a $5,000 check from Fidelity Investments to support the academic support services for student-athletes at each school.
The past recipients of the Campbell Trophy include: Air Force's Chris Howard (1990); Florida's Brad Culpepper (1991); Colorado's Jim Hansen (1992); Virginia's Thomas Burns (1993); Nebraska's Rob Zatechka (1994); Ohio State's Bobby Hoying (1995); Florida's Danny Wuerffel (1996); Tennessee's Peyton Manning (1997); Georgia's Matt Stinchcomb (1998); Marshall's Chad Pennington (1999); Nebraska's Kyle Vanden Bosch (2000); Miami's (Fla.) Joaquin Gonzalez (2001); Washington University in St. Louis' Brandon Roberts (2002); Ohio State's Craig Krenzel (2003); Tennessee's Michael Munoz (2004); LSU's Rudy Niswanger (2005); Rutgers' Brian Leonard (2006); Texas' Dallas Griffin (2007); Cal's Alex Mack (2008); Florida's Tim Tebow (2009); Texas' Sam Acho (2010); Army's Andrew Rodriguez (2011) and Alabama's Barrett Jones (2012).