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.
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.
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.
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.