|Washington Named NFF National Scholar-Athlete|
|Written by Mike Flynn|
|Thursday, 31 October 2013 16:30|
Appalachian State University senior wide receiver Tony Washington (High Point, N.C./T.W. Andrews) received one of college football’s most prestigious honors on Thursday when he named one of 16
recipients of the National Football Foundation’s National Scholar-Athlete Awards.
Launched in 1959, the NFF National Scholar-Athlete program was the first-ever initiative to award student-athletes with postgraduate scholarships for their combined athletic, academic and leadership abilities. As one of the 16 award winners, Washington receives an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship. He is only the second NFF National Scholar-Athlete in Appalachian State history, joining quarterback D.J. Campbell, who earned the honor in 1992.
Majoring in architectural design, Washington carries a 3.80 cumulative grade point average. He was named Appalachian State’s Most Outstanding Architectural Design Student in 2012-13 and was the winner of the architectural design department’s portfolio competition last semester. He is a member of the Dean’s List and the Appalachian State athletics and Southern Conference academic honor rolls and was named first-team academic all-district and an FCS Athletics Directors Association Academic All-Star in 2012.
On the field, Washington ranks second in the Southern Conference with 589 receiving yards and third with 43 receptions this season. He is the SoCon’s reigning Student-Athlete of the Week after catching five passes for a career-high 129 yards and a touchdown in last Saturday’s 38-14 win over No. 24 Georgia Southern. He ranks 10th in school history with 118 career receptions, fifth with a 23.5-yard career average on kickoff returns and second with 1,009 career kick-return yards.
In addition to the $18,000 scholarship, Washington has been invited to the 56th-Annual NFF Awards Dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City on Dec. 10. At the event, one member of the 16-member National Scholar-Athlete class will be announced as the 24th recipient of the William V. Campbell Trophy, which recognizes the best scholar-athlete in the nation.
Also in recognition of Washington’s achievements, Fidelity Investments will present Appalachian State faculty athletics representative Dr. Alan Hauser with a plaque and a $5,000 donation to Appalachian’s academic services for student-athletes as part of the NFF Faculty Salutes Initiative.
Washington and the Mountaineers return to action on the field on Saturday when they host SoCon title-contender Chattanooga (6-2, 4-1 SoCon). Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. on Education Day and Scholar Ring Day at Kidd Brewer Stadium.
Photo Courtesy: Tony Washington, ASU Athletics
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