Thursday deadline approaches for head coaches to nominate seniors for NFF scholarships

High school football senior scholar-athletes who have excelled in the classroom and on the field are eligible for scholarships from the Shreveport-based S.M. McNaughton Chapter of the National Football Foundation.

Head coaches have through Thursday (Jan. 20) to nominate one of their seniors for the awards, and the honor of being spotlighted at an annual NFF awards dinner at East Ridge Country Club on March 24.

Coaches were emailed the brief application form earlier this month. An academic transcript is also required, and letters of recommendation are welcomed.

Nominees must have at least a 3.2 cumulative grade point average, have received all-district honors in the 2021 season, and have played in districts 1, 2 or 3 in any classification.

The candidates are judged on a 40/40/20 percent split on their athletic accomplishments, academic performance and extracurricular activities, said McNaughton chapter secretary Toni Goodin.

The financial awards to the winners are approved by the LHSAA and the Louisiana/Mississippi Independent School Association.

The top winner will also be a candidate for national recognition.

Any school whose coach did not receive the application form should contact Doug Ireland, the McNaughton chapter’s application coordinator, at 318-471-2086 via text or call by Thursday.

Photo: by ROBERT FREDERICK, courtesy NFF