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Thiel College student named semifinalist for 2019 William V. Campbell Trophy


Thiel College student named semifinalist for 2019 William V. Campbell Trophy

GREENVILLE, Pa.—Thiel College senior linebacker Matt Crawford ’20 on Wednesday was named among the 185 semifinalists for The National Football Foundation’s William V. Campbell Trophy.

Crawford, of Greenville, Pa., is a 2016 graduate of Greenville High School is a secondary education certification and history major.

Crawford was among the 49 candidates representing Division III and is one of three Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) student-athletes represented on this list. He joins Michael Lohmeier from Carnegie Mellon and Isaac Withrow from Case Western Reserve.

A two-year captain, Crawford has appeared in 32 games recording 27 starts at linebacker. Crawford currently sits second on the team in with 26 tackles.

Off the field, Crawford carries a 3.97 overall grade-point average. In 2018, he was named to the Google Cloud Academic All-America Football First Team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Crawford became the first Thiel football player to be named an Academic All-American since 2007. He was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team in 2017 and 2018. He has been named to the All-PAC Academic Honor Roll every year since his freshman year and is a part of multiple honor societies on campus.
The Greenville native has participated in various local community service projects over the years. He took part in “Revamp the Amp,” a project to restore the amphitheater in Greenville. Crawford has also served as the liaison for the Snowflake Ball between Thiel and St. Paul’s Senior Living Community.
The William V. Campbell Trophy is an award that recognizes an individual as the absolute best football scholar-athlete in the nation for his combined academic success, football performance and exemplary leadership. The NFF will announce 12-14 finalists on Oct. 30. Each finalist will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship as part of being a member to the 2019 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class which is presented by Fidelity Investments. The finalists will then travel to New York City for what will be the 62nd NFF Annual Awards Dinner which is held on December 10th. One member from the group of finalists will be selected as the winner of the 30th Campbell Trophy and will have his scholarship raised to $25,000.

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Thiel College is an independent college founded in the Lutheran tradition. Located in Greenville, Pa., the College offers 60 majors and minors, 24 varsity sports, and an 11:1 student-faculty ratio. The College is also home to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing program and graduate programs in, Business Administration, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Communication and Leadership, Physician Assistant and Speech-Language Pathology. All of Thiel College’s master’s degree programs offer innovative and accelerated five-year paths which allow students to earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree in five years. A dedicated faculty paired with dynamic research and internship opportunities produce outstanding graduate school and job placements. Coeducational from its beginnings, the College remains committed to diversity and inclusion. The College combines tradition with innovation as it honors its past and celebrates its future.

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