The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) announced the 2010 recipients of the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards and the Big Ten led all conferences with three of the 16 honorees. The Big Ten recipients of the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards are Indiana's Ben Chappell, Penn State's Stefen Wisniewski and Wisconsin's Scott Tolzien. The ACC, Big 12, Pac-10 and SEC each featured two winners each.
The 16 award winners were selected from a nationwide pool of 121 semifinalists from among all NCAA divisions and the NAIA. The NFF's National Scholar-Athlete program was launched in 1959 and is the first initiative in the history to award scholar-athletes postgraduate scholarships for their combined athletic, academic and leadership abilities. Each finalist will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship, and one of the 16 will be announced as the recipient of the 21st William V. Campbell Trophy, endowed by HealthSouth, which recognizes an individual as the absolute best scholar-athlete in the nation. Renamed last fall in honor of Bill Campbell, the chairman of Intuit, former player and head coach at Columbia University and the 2004 recipient of the NFF's Gold Medal, the award comes with a 25-pound bronze trophy and a $25,000 post-graduate scholarship. A total distribution of $300,000 in scholarships will be awarded that evening.