DALLAS, Texas – Senior Nathan Varady (Fayetteville, Ark.) of the MIT football team has been selected as a semifinalist for the National Football Foundation's (NFF) William V. Campbell Trophy the organization has announced. Varady is one of 135 student-athletes from all levels of college football selected as a semifinalist for the prestigious award that recognizes the best football scholar-athlete in the nation.
A four-year member of the MIT football team and a captain this season, Varady was a key performer for the Engineers in 2014 when the squad had a historic 10-1 season, won its first New England Football Conference (NEFC) title and reached the second-round of the NCAA Division III Playoffs. As a receiver he caught 22 passes for 255 yards and three scores last year and has been named Academic All-NEWMAC each season he has been eligible for the award. A mechanical engineering major, Varady plans on attending medical school after MIT.
The NFF will announce 15 finalists on Oct. 29, and each of them will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship as a member of the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class, presented by Fidelity Investments. The finalists will travel to New York City for the 58th NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 8, where their accomplishments will be highlighted in front of one of the most powerful audiences in all of sports. At the event, one member of the class will be announced as the winner of the 26th William V. Campbell Trophy and have his postgraduate scholarship increased to $25,000.