Northern Illinois senior quarterback Chandler Harnish has earned one of 16 spots in the 2011 National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Class, the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame announced Wednesday. The prestigious award provides postgraduate scholarships to an elite group of 16 players chosen from across all divisions of college football for their combined athletic, academic and leadership skills.
Harnish, who already owns seven Northern Illinois career records, including many that stood for nearly 50 years, will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship and represent the Huskies in New York City at the 54th NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 6 at the Waldorf-Astoria. He is also now a finalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy, which recognizes the top scholar-athlete in the nation and comes with a 25-pound bronze trophy and a $25,000 post-graduate scholarship.
Harnish is the third student-athlete from Northern Illinois to be named an NFF Scholar-Athlete, joining Patrick Stephen (1998) and Josh Haldi (2004).
“I’m ecstatic, [this is] an amazing honor and I definitely want to thank the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame for selecting me to receive this award,” Harnish said in a news release. “This is one of those rare events that few people get to experience and I look forward to getting the chance to go to New York and thank everyone involved in the organization in person.”