Oct. 24, 2002 Kyle Eaton has been named a National Scholar-Athlete by the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame.
Eaton is one of 14 players selected nationally from each division of college football. He is one of six selected from Division I-A. The award is recognized as the most prestigious academic honor in college football and includes an $18,000 post-graduate scholarship.
To be eligible for a National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame postgraduate fellowship, the nominee must be a senior or graduate student in his final year of eligibility, have a grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, have shown superior academic application and performance, have outstanding football ability as a first team player, and have demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship.
"With 152 exceptional candidates vying for this award, the Awards Committee was faced with a difficult challenge in selecting this year's class," stated Robert E. Mulcahy III, chairman of the Awards Committee and director of athletics at Rutgers University. "These 14 scholar-athletes represent the best and brightest each level of college football has to offer."
OSU's Eaton possesses a perfect balance of academic excellence, athletic prowess and community involvement.
He has maintained a perfect 4.0 GPA in Management Information Systems and graduated in August of 2002 with Summa Cum Laude honors. A three-time Academic All-Big 12 selection, Eaton was named to the 2001 Academic All-America Second Team.
He is a 10-time President's Honor Roll member, an eight-time Conference Commissioner's Honor Roll member and a four-time OSU Academic Achievement Award recipient. A Wentz scholar, Eaton earned the General Honors Award in 2002 and was named Delta Sigma Pi's Top Business College Student. On the field, Eaton is a three-year starter on the offensive line.
Thoroughly involved in OSU campus and community affairs, Eaton is a member of the Honors Program, Athletics Committee of Faculty Council, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Phi Eta Sigma and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Societies.
He visits hospitals, and volunteers in food drives, and at the Stillwater Animal Shelter. An American Cancer Society Relay for Life Team Captain, Eaton also speaks at various elementary schools, churches and team events.
The 14 scholar-athletes will be recognized at the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame's 45th Annual Awards Dinner on December 10, at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. Also being honored at the dinner will be the 2002 College Football Hall of Fame class, which will share the dais with the scholar-athletes.
While each scholar-athlete receives an $18,000 post-graduate scholarship, one will receive the HealthSouth Draddy Trophy as the top scholar-athlete in the nation, increasing the scholarship to $25,000. That presentation will be made in New York City on Dec. 10.
In addition to OSU's Eaton, the 2002 College Football National Scholar-Athletes include Hunter Hillenmeyer from Vanderbilt, Bradie James LSU, Chris Kelsay from Nebraska, Kliff Kingsbury from Texas Tech, Jonathan Stinchcomb from Georgia, Cameron Atkinson from Princeton, Ryan Johnson from Montana State, Mark Kasmer from Dayton, Kelby Klosterman from North Dakota, Todd Baldwin from Augustana, Andrew Hilliard from St. Thomas (Minn.), Brandon Roberts from Washington University and Luke Klinker from Nebraska Wesleyan.