St. Louis, Mo., October 7, 2013 — Washington University in St. Louis senior defensive back Andrew Skalman was announced as a semifinalist for the 2013 National Football Foundation (NFF) National Scholar-Athlete Award, presented by Fidelity Investments.
The 170 nominees also comprise the list of semifinalists for the 2013 William V. Campbell Trophy, endowed by HealthSouth, which recognizes an individual as the absolute best football scholar-athlete in the nation. Skalman is one 39 semifinalist from NCAA Division III.
Skalman, a four-year letterwinner for the Bears, has started all five games this season recording 24 tackles, four pass break-ups and three interceptions. He was a D3football.com third-team all-South Region and first-team all-University Athletic Association (UAA) selection in 2012 after leading the team in interceptions (five) and passes defended (19). Skalman ranked second in NCAA Division III in passes defended and 47th in interceptions a year ago.
In addition to his success on the field, Skalman is a two-time Academic All-UAA selection and a Dean's List selection in 2012. He has a 3.3 grade-point average and will graduate in May with a degree in marketing and entrepreneurship with a minor in Japanese.
Skalman has been active in the Washington University community throughout his career on the Danforth Campus. He serves as president of Red Alert and Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), Vice President of Marketing for Olin Sports Management organization and is on the executive board for Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and Linus Foundation. Skalman is also involved as chaplain of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity and co-owner of Pupu Kine, LLC and SAT Tutors Hawaii, LLC.
2003 Washington University graduate Brandon Roberts was selected as the 2002 William V. Campbell Trophy Award winner, becoming the first and only non-Division I student-athlete to receive the award. 1998 graduate Brad Klein and 2004 graduate John Woock were selected as finalists in 1997 and 2003, respectively.
Nominated by their schools, which are limited to one nominee each, candidates for the awards must be a senior or graduate student in their final year of eligibility, have a GPA of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale, have outstanding football ability as a first-team player or significant contributor, and have demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship. The class is selected each year by the NFF Awards Committee, which is comprised of a nationally recognized group of media, College Football Hall of Famers and athletics administrators.
The NFF Awards Committee will select up to 16 recipients, and the results will be announced via a national press release on Thursday, Oct. 31. Each recipient will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship, and they will vie as finalists for the 2013 William V. Campbell Trophy. Each member of the 2013 National Scholar-Athlete Class will also travel to New York City to be honored 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. One member of the class will also be announced live at the event as the winner of the William V. Campbell Trophy.
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's 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).