2015/2016 Scholarship Winners

On Feburary 28th, 2016, the Portland, Oregon Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame held its 55th annual banquet at the Red Lion on the River in Portland. Sixteen seniors from the class of 2016 were chosen as scholar-athletes, and each player was awarded a $1,000 college scholarship to be applied to the college of their choice. These soon to be graduating senior football players were chosen based on their academic, athletic, and leadership activities in their school and communities. Four of these sixteen scholar-athletes were additionally acknowledged as the top recipients in their respective divisions.

Jakob Eisenbeiss

 

Tom Osborne, Assistant Coach at the University of Oregon, presented the award for the 6A/5A division 2015 Scholar-Athlete Back of the Year. This year’s award winner was Jakob Eisenbeiss from Sherwood High School.

 

 

Lukas Adams

 

The 6A/5A Scholar-Athlete Lineman of the Year award, presented by Jake Cookus, Assistant Coach at Oregon State University, was given to Lukas Adams from Sherwood High School.

 

 

Austin Alexander

 

Southern Oregon University Head Football Coach Craig Howard presented the winner of the Scholar-Athlete Back of the Year Award for the combined 4A/3A/2A Leagues to Austin Alexander from Molalla High School.

 

 

Brett Elder

 

The final honoree, presented by Joseph Smith, Head Football Coach at Linfield College, was Brett Elder from Nestucca High School, the 4A/3A/2A Scholar-Athlete Lineman of the Year.

 

 

 

Eric Boles, former NFL football player, and a highly acclaimed speaker for some of the most recognized and respected organizations in the world, was this year’s keynote speaker.

Each year, the Portland Chapter of the National Football Foundation requests nominations for it Scholar Athlete award from high schools in NW Oregon. Finalists are selected based on their football, academic and community service accomplishments.

FINALISTS NAMED FOR THE ANNUAL SCHOLAR/ATHLETE AWARDS

NATIONAL FOOTBALL FOUNDATION NAMES FINALISTS FOR THE ANNUAL SCHOLAR/ATHLETE AWARDS

The Portland Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame has announced the finalists for its 55th Annual Scholar/Athlete Awards. Each year, the Chapter requests nominations from 79 high schools in the NW Oregon area. Of the 96 applications received, 16 finalists were selected based on their football, academic and community service accomplishments.

This year, a total of $16,000 will be awarded in scholarships to the finalists who will be honored at the Chapter’s annual banquet, which will be held on Sunday, February 28th , at the Red Lion Hotel – Jantzen Beach. Individuals and sponsors may obtain tickets by CLICKING HERE or by contacting the Chapter at nffportland@gmail.com.

2015 SCHOLAR / ATHLETES

BACKS

Connor Berggren, West Linn High School……………………..6A Three Rivers Conference

Coach Chris Miller

Brady Breeze, Central Catholic High School…………………..6A Mt. Hood Conference

Coach Steve Pyne

Jakob Eisenbeiss, Sherwood High School………………………6A Three Rivers Conference

Coach Greg Lawrence

Michael Petroff, Jesuit High School……………………………..6A Metro League

Coach Ken Potter

Taylor Jensen, Forest Grove High School……………………….6A Greater Valley Conference

Coach Dwight Jensen

Austin Alexander, Molalla High School………………………….4A Tri Valley Conference

Coach Grant Boustead

Hunter Bain, Santiam Christian High School……………………3A West Valley League

Coach Matt Bain

Sandis Chhay, Horizon Christian High School…………………..3A West Valley League

Coach George Crace

 

LINEMEN

Lukas Adams, Sherwood High School…………………………….6A Three Rivers Conference

Coach Greg Lawrence

Conner Crist, Tigard High School………………………………..6A Three Rivers Conference

Coach Craig Ruecker

Bryce Dickey, Clackamas High School……………………………..6A Mt. Hood Conference

Coach Joe Bushman

Tony Kraus, Canby High School……………………………………6A Three Rivers Conference

Coach Mike Vaught

Samuel Fults, Hood River Valley High School……………………..5A Columbia River Conference

Coach Caleb Sperry

Twister McComas, Banks High School……………………………..4A COWAPA League

Coach Ben Buchanan

Clay Williams, Astoria High School…………………………………4A COWAPA League

Coach Howard Rub

Brett Elder, Nestucca High School…………………………………..2A Northwest League

Coach Jeff Schiewe

 

 

CHAPTER PREPARES FOR 55th ANNUAL BANQUET

Preparations are underway as the Portland Chapters gets ready to hold its annual Scholar-Athlete Awards Banquet at 5:00 PM on Sunday, February 28th , 2016 at the Jantzen Beach Red Lion Hotel. Up to 18 finalists, selected from among 79 high schools will be honored at this annual event. Each finalist will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship to the school of their choice as well as being singled out for their accomplishments on the football field, their scholastic achievements and school and community activities.

To nominate a scholar-athlete for the award, CLICK HERE to download the nomination application.

Open to anyone interested in helping to promote amateur football, tickets can be purchased online by CLICKING HERE or by contacting the chapter at nffportland@gmail.com. Tables of ten may be purchased for $400. Individual tickets are also available at $40 each. Persons wishing to sponsor a table for a specific team or group may do so using this same contact.

Since 1988, when the Chapter first began awarding monetary scholarships, it has paid out over $311,000 to various colleges and universities located around the nation. Winners are not required to play football following graduation from high school.

For additional information regarding the banquet or other chapter activities, please complete the contact information found on the website and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.

2015 SCHOLARSHIP BANQUET HELD ON MARCH 8

On March 8th, the Portland, Oregon Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame held its 54th annual banquet at the Red Lion on the River in Portland. Sixteen seniors from the class of 2015 were chosen as scholar-athletes, and each player was awarded a $1,000 college scholarship to be applied to the college of their choice. These soon to be graduating senior football players were chosen based on their academic, athletic, and leadership activities in their school and communities. Four of these sixteen scholar-athletes were additionally acknowledged as the top recipients in their respective divisions.

Brady McGetrick

Brady McGetrick

Jay Locey, Head Football Coach at Lewis and Clark College, presented the award for the 6A/5A division 2014 Scholar-Athlete Back of the Year. This year’s award winner was Brady McGetrick from Tigard High School .Brady McGetrickDuring his senior year, McGetrick was named as a 1st Team All-State Wide Receiver and to the 2nd Team as a Defensive Back. He maintains a GPA of 3.96 and was selected as a Multnomah Athletic Club Scholar-Athlete. In addition to his many other accomplishments in school and in his community, Brady played on the basketball team and was named to the All-League Baseball Team during his junior year.

 

Ian Meyers

Ian Meyers

 

The 6A/5A Scholar-Athlete Lineman of the Year award, presented by Chris Casey, Head Football Coach at George Fox University, was given to Ian Meyers from Westview High School. Ian was a 2nd team All State selection as a tight end and received Honorable Mention recognition as a defensive end. During his high school career, Ian has maintained a 3.575 GPA, is an Eagle Scout and has been active in leadership roles in both his school and community.

 

Calvin Pollard

Calvin Pollard

Oregon State Head Football Coach Gary Andersen presented the winner of the Scholar-Athlete Back of the Year Award for the combined 4A/3A/2A Leagues to Calvin Pollard from Seaside High School. His many football accomplishments included being selected as a 1st Team All League Running Back and Linebacker; 2nd Team All State Linebacker; League Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year runner up; and Team Captain. Calvin also plays on the basketball team and participates on the track team.   Pollard maintains a GPA of 4.00, is #1 in his class, and, is the Senior Class President at Seaside High School.

 

Thomas McShane

Thomas McShane

The final honoree, presented by Keith Buckley, Head Football Coach at Pacific University, was Thomas McShane from Amity High School who was named winner of the combined 4A/3A/2A Leagues Scholar-Athlete Lineman of the Year. This season Thomas was named as a 1st Team All-League Offensive Tight End and Defensive Linebacker; 2nd Team All State Linebacker and Honorable Mention Tight End; was a Team Captain; and was voted as his team’s MVP and Most Inspirational Player. Co-President of the National Honor Society, McShane carries a 4.0 GPA, is ranked 3rd in his class at Amity, and has never missed a day of school during his high school career.

 

Mark Speckman, former head coach of Willamette University, and a well known author and motivational speaker, was this year’s keynote speaker. Mark directed words of wisdom to the nearly 500 high school students, coaches and parents in attendance. Coach Speckman, known for his wit and humor in addition to his success on the football field, had those in attendance not only laughing with him, but also totally focused on his demonstration of how there is more potential in human beings than people realize. His speech acknowledged the 16 scholar-athletes for achieving a milepost in their efforts to maximize their potential academically, athletically, and through activities of leadership and service.

 

Each year, the Portland Chapter of the National Football Foundation requests nominations for it Scholar Athlete award from 79 high schools in NW Oregon. Finalists are selected based on their football, academic and community service accomplishments.

 

2015 SCHOLARSHIP FINALISTS NAMED

NATIONAL FOOTBALL FOUNDATION NAMES FINALISTS FOR THE ANNUAL SCHOLAR/ATHLETE AWARDS

The Portland Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame has announced the finalists for its 54th Annual Scholar/Athlete Awards. Each year, the Chapter requests nominations from 79 high schools in the Greater Portland Metropolitan Area. Finalists are selected based on their football, academic and community service accomplishments.

This year, a total of $16,000 will be awarded in scholarships to the 16 finalists who will be honored at the Chapter’s annual banquet, which will be held on Sunday, March 8, at the Red Lion Hotel – Jantzen Beach. Individuals and sponsors may obtain tickets by clicking HERE or by contacting the Chapter at nffportland@gmail.com.

2014 NFF – Portland Chapter Scholar/Athlete Finalists

 

BACKS

Sam Davis, Grant High School……6A PIL,  Coach Diallo Lewis

Brady McGetrick, Tigard High School……6A Three Rivers League, Coach Craig Ruecker

Brett Peterson, Clackamas High School……6A Mt. Hood Conference, Coach Joe Bushman

Byron Greenlee, Liberty High School……5A NW Oregon Conference, Coach Eric Mahlum

Patrick Crompton, Hood River Valley High School….5A Columbia Valley Conference, Coach Caleb Sperry

Jacob Wendelschafer, Scappoose High School…….4A Cowapa League, Coach Sean McNabb

Richard Ford, Scappoose High School……4A Cowapa League, Coach Sean McNabb

Calvin Pollard, Seaside High School……4A Cowapa League, Coach Jeff Roberts

 

LINEMEN

 

Ian Myers, Westview High School……6A Metro League, Coach Greg Fisher

TJ Salu, Central Catholic High School……6A Mount Hood League, Coach Steve Pyne

Blake Brandel, Central Catholic High School……6A Mount Hood League, Coach Steve Pyne

Jackson Davis, Wilson High School……6A PIL, Coach Ken Duilio

Paul Vickers, Jesuit High School……6A Metro League, Coach Ken Potter

Robert Backus, Scappoose High School……4A Cowapa League, Coach Sean McNabb

Dylan Wallace, Gladstone High School……4A Tri-Valley Conference, Coach JJ Jedrykowski

Thomas McShane, Amity High School……3A West Valley League, Coach Justin Amaya

 

 

Chapter Announces Operation INSITE

Working closely with Riddell, a leader in football helmet technology, the Portland Chapter is proud to announce a new program to supply high schools and youth organizations located in NW Oregon with an innovative system designed to better monitor student athlete head impact exposure. The Riddell InSite Impact Response System fits into the liner of a Riddell helmet and utilizes integrated technology to monitor and alert sideline personnel to significant head impacts sustained during a football game or practice.

Concussions are a major area of concern at all levels of sport but are more prevalent in football because of the contact elements of the game. Nothing can be done to completely eliminate the threat of a player sustaining a concussion. New coaching techniques, coupled with Riddell’s new technology are one way to limit possible head injuries from hits to the helmet.

Realizing the importance of this technology, the Portland Chapter, using its own funds, grants and donations, will be purchasing the InSite units and distributing them to schools through a grant program. Riddell has agreed to provide training to all schools that use the system.

The chapter’s objective is that eventually every school and youth organization in NW Oregon will be using the Riddell InSite system to monitor as many players as possible during games and practice sessions. It is hoped that the Chapter will be able to begin distribution of the InSite systems by mid-year.

If you are interested in learning more about the InSite system or wish to make a donation on behalf of a school or youth team, please contact the chapter through this website or by emailing nffportland@gmail.com.

NFF SCHOLAR-ATHLETE APPLICATIONS DUE JANUARY 16TH

The Portland Chapter is now accepting nominations for the 54th annual Scholar-Athlete Awards.  Nominees must be high school seniors, must have been chosen as a first or second team All-League player at their position and must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.  A copy of the applicant’s transcript must accompany all applications.

Using a weighted point system, finalists will be selected based on their varsity football accomplishments, scholastic achievements and participation in extracurricular and community activities.

Each year the Portland Chapter honors up to 18 finalists at its annual Scholar-Athlete Awards banquet.  Finalists are selected from applications received from the 79 high schools located in the Greater Portland Metropolitan area.  Each finalist will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship to the school of their choice as well as being honored for their accomplishments.  This year’s banquet will be at 6:00 PM on Sunday, March 8th at the Red Lion Jantzen Beach Hotel.

Applications are available from coaches, athlete directors, school principals or can be downloaded HERE.

CHAPTER PREPARES FOR 54TH ANNUAL SCHOLAR-ATHLETE AWARDS BANQUET

Preparations are underway as the Portland Chapters gets ready to hold its annual Scholar-Athlete Awards Banquet at 6:00 PM on Sunday, March 8th , 2015 at the Jantzen Beach Red Lion Hotel. Up to 18 finalists, selected from among 79 high schools will be honored at this annual event. Each finalist will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship to the school of their choice as well as being singled out for their accomplishments on the football field, their scholastic achievements and school and community activities.

Open to anyone interested in helping to promote amateur football, tickets can be purchased online by CLICKING HERE or by contacting the chapter at nffportland@gmail.com. Tables of ten may be purchased for $400. Individual tickets are also available at $40 each. Persons wishing to sponsor a table for a specific team or group may do so using this same contact.

Since 1988, when the Chapter first began awarding monetary scholarships, it has paid out over $304,000 to various colleges and universities located around the nation. Winners are not required to play football following graduation from high school.

For additional information regarding the banquet or other chapter activities, please complete the contact information found on the website and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.

SCHOLARSHIPS PRESENTED AT BANQUET

 

Jake Reimer, presented 2013 Scholar/Athlete of the Year by College Hall of Fame coach Ad Rutschman

Jake Reimer, presented 2013 Scholar/Athlete of the Year by College Hall of Fame coach Ad Rutschman

The Portland, Oregon Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame held it 53nd annual banquet at the Red Lion on the River in Portland on January 19th where it honored eighteen scholar/athletes from the greater metropolitan area.

Joseph Alfieri, presented 2013 Outstanding Back of the Year by PSU Offensive Coordinator Bruce Barnum.

Joseph Alfieri, presented 2013 Outstanding Back of the Year by PSU Offensive Coordinator Bruce Barnum.

The winner of the 2013 Scholar/Athlete of the Year, and a $3,000 scholarship went to Jake Reimer from Sherwood High School.  A National Honor Society Member, he carries a GPA of 4.0, is 1st in a class of 337 and was named to both the offensive and defensive All League teams as a junior and senior as well as being selected as the NW Oregon Conference Defensive Player of the Year.

Joseph Alfieri, a running back and defensive linebacker from Jesuit High School received the award for Outstanding Back of the Year along with a $2,000 scholarship.  Joey was selected based on his outstanding football career at Jesuit where he was named the 2013 Metro League Offensive Player of the Year, his overall academic accomplishments which included a cumulative GPA of 3.91, and his participation in community projects.  Alfieri was also named to the 1st Team Metro All-League Track Team.

Garrett Markham, presented 2013 Outstanding Lineman of the Year by Oregon State Assistant Head Coach Jay Locey

Garrett Markham, presented 2013 Outstanding Lineman of the Year by Oregon State Assistant Head Coach Jay Locey

Selected as Outstanding Lineman of the Year was Garrett Markham from Banks High School.  The All League defensive linebacker and offensive quarterback has a cumulative GPA of 3.78.  During his senior year, he was named to the COWAPA League first team as a defensive and offensive player, selected as the COWAPA Offensive Player of the Year, and was nominated for the Gatorade Oregon Player of the Year Award.  During his junior year he was also selected to the COWAPA All-League Teams in Basketball and Track.   He too received a $2,000 scholarship to the school of his choice.

Roger Lavasa, Banquet Guest Speaker (photo from Horizon Community Church)

Roger Lavasa, Banquet Guest Speaker (photo from Horizon Community Church)

Roger Levasa, a former All-American from Oregon State University was this year’s guest speaker.  Roger, now a pastor and Director of Development at Horizon Christian Church and high school, directed his remarks to the over 500 high school students, coaches and parents stressing family values and the importance of working towards achieving goals in education, athletics and life.

Each year, the Portland Chapter of the National Football Foundation requests nominations for it Scholar Athlete award from 79 high schools in the Greater Portland Metropolitan Area.  Finalists are selected based on their football, academic and community service accomplishments.  This year, a total of $22,000 was awarded in scholarships to the eighteen finalists.

NATIONAL FOOTBALL FOUNDATION NAMES FINALISTS FOR THE ANNUAL SCHOLAR/ATHLETE AWARDS

The Portland Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame has announced the finalists for its 53rd Annual Scholar/Athlete Awards.  Each year, the Chapter requests nominations from 79 high schools in the Greater Portland Metropolitan Area.  Finalists are selected based on their football, academic and community service accomplishments.

This year, a total of $22,000 will be awarded in scholarships to the 18 finalists at the Chapter’s annual banquet, which will be held on January 19th at the Red Lion – Jantzen Beach.  Individuals and sponsors may obtain tickets by contacting the Chapter at nffportland@gmail.com.

2013 NFF – Portland Chapter Scholar/Athlete Finalists

(click on names for highlight reel!)

BACKS

 Aidan Schneider, Grant High School……………..…6A PIL,   Coach Diallo Lewis

 Cole Thompson, Canby High School………….…….6A Three Rivers,   Coach Mike Vaught

 Daniel Hernandez, Century High School……………6A Pacific,   Coach Bill Smith

 Aidan Wilder, Central Catholic High School….……6A Mt. Hood,   Coach Steve Pyne

 Joseph Alfieri, Jesuit High School……………….….6A Metro,   Coach Ken Potter

 Caleb Naughton, Dallas High School…………….…5A Mid-Willamette,    Coach Tracy Jackson

 Jake Reimer, Sherwood High School……………….5A Northwest Oregon,   Coach Greg Lawrence

 Bryon Dunn-Abe, Franklin High School……….….5A PIL,    Coach Tom McCarthy

 Nicholas Strange, Astoria High School…………..…4A COWAPA,   Coach Howard Rub

  

LINEMEN

 Nicholas Alvey, Grant High School…………….…..6A PIL,   Coach Diallo Lewis

 Joshua Miller, Oregon City High School…………..6A Three Rivers,   Coach Bruce Reece

 Jake Biglow, Tigard High School…………….…….6A Pacific,   Coach Craig Ruecker

 Garrett Stauffer, Sam Barlow High School………..6A Mt. Hood,   Coach Terry Summerfield

 Henry Mondeaux, Jesuit High School………………6A Metro,   Coach Ken Potter

 Ryan Spencer, Dallas High School………………….5A Mid-Willamette,   Coach Tracy Jackson

 Austin Snyder, Rex Putnam High School…………..5A Northwest Oregon,   Coach  Brad Lewman

 Sione Taumoe’anga, Roosevelt High School………5A PIL,   Coach Christian Swain

 Garrett Markham, Banks High School…….……….4A COWAPA,   Coach Ben Buchanan