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November 11, 1998

NACDA Foundation Scholarship Awards

Scholarship Kickoff and Pigskin Classic Student-Athletes

Cleveland, Ohio -- The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Foundation will provide a special scholarship grant to one member of each team that participated in the 1998 Kickoff Classic and Pigskin Classic, the two NACDA-sponsored preseason football games. NACDA President Jim Livengood, athletics director at the University of Arizona, made the announcement today.

Four $5,000 grants, a total of $20,000, are awarded annually to a varsity football letterwinner from each team. The student-athlete must be in his final year of eligibility and carry a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. NACDA's charitable arm, the NACDA Foundation, provides the funds for the scholarships for use in postgraduate study.

"The recipient of the scholarship can be anyone the athletics department of each university wishes; it does not have to be a star or a starter," says Livengood. "This furthers the NACDA Foundation's commitment to providing advanced educational opportunities for student-athletes."

In 1998, the University of Southern California defeated Purdue University, 27-17 in Pigskin Classic IX, while Florida State University stopped Texas A&M University, 23-14 in Kickoff Classic XVI.

Winners of the 1998 scholarship grants are:

Name School Position GPA Undergrad.
Adam Abrams USC Kicker 3.36 Business Adm.
Myron Jackson Florida State Tight End 3.16 Physical Educ.
Noble Jones Purdue Linebacker 3.27 Mech. Eng.
Gregory Knutson Texas A&M Tight End 3.16 Agribusiness

Abrams has been named the Player of the Week on several occasions (Toyota, 9/98; Chevrolet, vs. Notre Dame in 1997; Pac-10, vs. Notre Dame and vs. Oregon State in 1997; and USC Special Teams, vs. Oregon State in 1998). He was named a GTE/CoSIDA Academic all-Region in 1997 and was named Pac-10 all-Academic in 1997 and honorable mention in 1996. A member of Mortar Board, Abrams also received the National Young American Medal of Service in California in 1996. He has been nominated for the National Football Foundation, NCAA and Burger King scholarships. Abrams intends to pursue a master=s degree in business administration.

Jackson was the recipient of Florida State=s Outstanding Academic Award Among Football Juniors in 1997. He is a member of the FSUnity Council, a group of football leaders whose purpose is to work on improving student-athlete welfare. He is also a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and volunteers at the Tallahassee Juvenile Detention Center. Jackson plans to pursue a master=s degree in athletics administration.

Jones has been named Academic all-Big Ten three times, in 1996, 1997 and 1998. He was also nominated for an Arthur Ashe scholarship. He is a member of the National Society of Black Engineers and serves as a tutor for high school students in math and science. Jones= plans include attending graduate school at Purdue in the School of Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering.

Knutson was named to the Big XII academic honor roll in 1998. He was also a GTE/CoSIDA scholar-athlete recipient. He was the strength and conditioning champion for tight ends and has set university strength records. A walk-on, Knutson earned a starting position in only two years. Knutson is a member of the Agribusiness/Ageconomic Association and volunteers with the elderly through Texas A&M=s horticulture program.

These student-athletes will be honored during NACDA's 34th Annual Convention, June 13-16, at the annual NACDA Scholarship Awards Luncheon, which will be held Tuesday, June 15. (The Foundation teams with Sears in the presentation of 20 $5,000 scholarships for athletics support personnel).

The NACDA Foundation, founded in 1982, sponsors internship opportunities for aspiring athletics administrators at NACDA's national office. It also provides educational opportunities for NACDA members through a variety of workshops, clinics and seminars. Since 1982, the Foundation has awarded more than $7.6 million in scholarships.

Funding for the Foundation comes from the Kickoff Classic and Pigskin Classic, whose proceeds also help fund the National Football Foundation and the American Football Coaches Association. These two games annually generate $420,000 in scholarships.