May 6, 2013, 9:30 AM EST
Seven academic standouts from around CAA Football were named to the National Football Foundation’s 2013 Hampshire Honor Society this past week. Delaware’s Ethan Clark and Derek Coleman, Georgia State’s Akeen Felder, Maine’s Brian Harvey and Sam Shipley, New Hampshire’s Chris Zarkosie and Rhode Island’s Kyle Elliott were all selected as inductees this year.
The NFF Hampshire Honor Society is comprised of college football players from all divisions of play who each maintained a cumulative 3.2 GPA or better throughout their college career. A total of 703 players from 259 schools qualified for membership in the society’s seventh year, marking the highest school participation in the history of the program that began in 2007.
The Hampshire Honor Society capitalizes on the NFF’s current National Scholar-Athlete program greatly expanding the number of scholar-athletes the NFF can recognize each year. The program further strengthens the organization’s leadership role in encouraging academic performance by the student-athletes who play football at the more than 700 college and universities with football programs nationwide. The initiative has honored 4,081 student-athletes since its inception.
“The growing number of schools involved in the Hampshire Honor Society each year shows that football student-athletes not only play at the highest level but that they are some of the best students on campus as well,” said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. “Congratulations to each of these young men for their commitment to education and their leadership on and off the football field.”
Qualifications for membership in the NFF Hampshire Honor Society include: Being a starter or a significant substitute in one’s last year of eligibility at an accredited NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision, Football Championship Subdivision, Division II, Division III, or an NAIA college or university; Achieving a 3.2 cumulative grade point average throughout entire course of undergraduate study; and Meeting all NCAA-mandated progress towards degree requirements and graduation.
For more on the 2013 NFF Hampshire Honor Society, please visit footballfoundation.org.
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