IRVING, Texas – Emory & Henry College senior long snapper Zach Smith (Powder Springs, Ga.), has been selected to the National Football Foundation's Hampshire Honor Society. Smith will receive a certificate in acknowledgement of their accomplishments both on the field and in the classroom.
Across all Old Dominion Athletic Conference schools, six different players were honored, with Guilford College's four selections leading the way. The Wasps have seen 28 players recognized across the past seven seasons.
"The number of colleges and universities who embrace the Hampshire Honor Society continues to increase each year," said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. "Over the past decade, it has become a powerful vehicle for schools to recognize their college football players who have distinguished themselves both academically and athletically, and we congratulate the school and each of these young men for their commitment to excellence."
The Hampshire Honor Society was established in 2007 by the National Football Foundation to honor college football players from all divisions who each maintained a cumulative 3.2 GPA or better throughout their college career. A total of 1,271 players from 307 schools qualified for membership in the society's 12th year, setting records for both individuals and programs represented. The player must have also been a starter or significant substitute in their senior season to be eligible for the award.
"We have honored more than 9,000 student-athletes in the last 12 years thanks to Jon Hanson's generosity," said NFF Chairman Archie Manning, "We are grateful for his passionate belief in the scholar-athlete ideal, and the Hampshire Honor Society allows us to showcase the names of tomorrow's leaders while inspiring future generations to follow in their footsteps."
The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame is a non-profit educational organization that runs programs designed to use the power of amateur football in developing scholarship, citizenship and athletic achievement in young people. NFF programs include the College Football Hall of Fame, Play It Smart, the NFF Hampshire Honor Society, the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Alumni Association, and the NFF Scholar-Athlete Awards which have awarded scholarships exceeding $11.3 million since their inception to top scholars and community leaders.