Penn State guard John Urschel has been named a National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete.

He is one of 16 student-athletes to be honored this year. The award is presented by Fidelity Investments.

The honored athletes were chosen from across all NCAA and NAIA divisions.

The 2012 first team All-Big Ten guard and first-team Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-American will receive an $18,000 scholarship for post-graduate studies. He also is a finalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy, endowed by HealthSouth, presented to the nation's premier college football scholar-athlete, with the winner receiving a total of $25,000 for post-graduate work.

Urschel is the 17th Nittany Lion to be selected a Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete. Penn State is tied for third in the nation (with Notre Dame) with its 17 scholar-athlete recipients. Nebraska (22) and Ohio State (20) are the only schools with more honorees than Penn State.

The 2013 scholar-athletes will be honored at the National Football Foundation's 56th annual black tie awards dinner on Dec. 10 at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City.



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