Nominations Open for Frank Gaziano Football Scholarship and Awards | Community Spirit
Jeff Kane, president of National Distributors and Frank Gaziano's son-in-law, announced that nominations are open for The Annual Frank J. Gaziano Memorial Offensive and Defensive Lineman Awards. The awards are given to the top high school football offensive and defensive linemen in the state because of their hard work on the field, in the classroom, and in their communities. Nominations for the awards will be accepted through Friday, December 16. For more information on the nomination process visit, www.gazianolinemanawards.org.
"We are excited to start hearing from parents, coaches, athletic directors, and individuals that would like to nominate a high school senior for the award and scholarship. Last year we had a great list of candidates and, by announcing that the nomination process has begun, we are confident that we will hear about the amazing student athletes that we have across the state of Maine," said Kane.
After the nominations have been received, the awards committee will select finalists from high schools across the state. The award and scholarship presentations to the Gaziano Award winners will be announced at a banquet brunch on Sunday, January 29, at 11:30 a.m. at the Augusta Civic Center.
Each finalist will receive free tickets to attend the banquet. At the event, one offensive player and one defensive player will each be awarded a first place trophy and a scholarship of $2,500.
To qualify for consideration, applicants must be a high school senior, have competed at the varsity level for a minimum of two years and have an exemplary record of positive athletic and non-athletic citizenship. The submission of a student essay and a game film featuring the applicant competing against his toughest competitor are also part of the application process. Applicants from all levels of Maine's high school football three-class system are eligible for the scholarship and are nominated by their coaches. For more information on the banquet or the scholarship program visit www.gazianolinemanawards.org or contact the Frank J. Gaziano Lineman Awards Board of Directors at (207) 773-1719, ext 3313.
Funding for the $2,500 scholarships is being provided by National Distributors Inc. in South Portland, the company founded by the late Frank J. Gaziano. The awards committee will also be securing sponsorships ranging from $50-$500 so players and families of the student athletes can attend the banquet free of charge. If you are interested in attending the event or contributing to the scholarship fund, call (207) 773-1719, ext 3313.
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