Alma, Mich. - Junior Steven Sowa (Allen Park, Mich. / St. Frances Cabrini) of the Alma College football team was honored on Sunday (Jan. 19) night as the recipient of the Morley Fraser Award from the Michigan Chapter of the National Football Foundation.
The Morley Fraser Award is given to a collegiate football player who demonstrates academic achievement, football ability and leadership. The award is named after the late Morley Fraser, longtime football coach at Albion College and an advocate for the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association
Sowa is a neuropsychology major with a 3.63 cumulative GPA as well as the president of the Psychology Club and the Chemistry Club. On the field, he is a two-time captain of the football team and a three-year starter on offense – the only year he did not start he was sidelined due to injury. Sowa also filled the role of a team tutor.
"Steve is the vocal and most energetic leader on our team," said Head Coach Jason Couch. "He is a wonderful young man who is self-motivated and continually works hard to better himself. He is destined for great things. I'm very proud of and happy for him."
"My achievements would not be possible without the support of my friends, family, and coaches," said Sowa. "I've been blessed to be surrounded by many selfless people whom I have modeled my life around. This award represents years of hard work from a large group of the Alma community."
Founded in 1947 with early leadership from General Douglas MacArthur, legendary Army coach Earl "Red" Blaik and immortal journalist Grantland Rice, the National Football Foundation (NFF) & 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. The NFF programs include: The College Football Hall of Fame, a state-of-the-art and highly interactive facility in the heart of Atlanta that brings the game to life for fans of all ages while paying tribute to the game's greatest legends. The NFF oversees the nominations, voting, election and induction of the annual College Football Hall of Fame Class Presented by ETT; The NFF Scholarship Program, awarding more than $1.3 million annually and distributed nearly $30 million since its inception in 1959. The program is highlighted by the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards Presented by Fidelity Investments and The William V. Campbell Trophy® Presented by Mazda; Football Matters®, the NFF's cross-platform media campaign to celebrate the positive impact the game of football has made on millions of players, coaches, administrators, volunteers and fans nationwide; NFF Chapter Network, providing those who love the game an opportunity to stay involved and give back to future generations by replicating the national efforts at the grassroots level. Boasting 120 chapters in 47 states, the network honors 3,500 scholar-athletes and distributes $1 million in scholarships annually; The NFF Major Awards, honoring those who represent the key ideals of the organization and have made major contributions to the sport and/or society; News, Outreach and Partnerships, implementing a variety of initiatives that promote the game's best storylines and engage the key stakeholders and the more than 775 football-playing colleges and universities nationwide.