State College Quarterback Patrick Irwin To Be Honored, James Franklin To Give Keynote Address
A State College High School athlete is among 45 high school football seniors from Central Pennsylvania who will be honored for their athletics, academics and community service at the 17th annual Student-Athlete Scholarship Banquet.
The event is sponsored by the Central Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame on Sunday, March 23.
At least 33 of the student-athletes will be awarded a special $1,000 college scholarship for their outstanding achievements.
One of those being honored? State College Area High School quarterback Patrick Irwin.
"To be recognized as a nominee at this banquet is more than a privilege," Irwin said this week. "My coaches and peers saw something that wasn't necessarily related to my athleticism. Playing at State High wouldn't have been possible if it weren't for some of the great teachers I have had that have helped me become a better student. So it's an honor to be a nominee for this award along with all these other student athletes."
Irwin won't be the only State College resident at the event though -- Penn State head football coach James Franklin will be the featured speaker at the banquet.
Scholarship winners will be judged on three basic criteria: academics; football ability, performance and attitude; and leadership and citizenship. The scholarship money can only be used by the student-athletes to help with their education at the college or university of their choice.
Following graduation, Irwin is slated to enroll at Stony Brook University to continue his football and academic careers.
"I'm really looking forward to be attending Stony Brook University. Not only on the athletic side but more importantly the academics. They have a great academic support system for their athletes, where they not only want the best performance on the field but also in the classroom." Irwin said.
"This is the level I felt most comfortable playing at and Stony Brook is a perfect fit. The coaching staff did an awesome job for this recruiting class. I'm excited to be playing with people from all over the country with the same mind set as me. To put in all the hard work and have it pay off throughout our careers as Seawolves. I can't wait to get up there and prove to the University that not only did they get a great athlete but a person who wants to make a difference and make the most of the opportunity that I was fortune enough to receive."