Nov. 1, 2004
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Wyoming's senior offensive center Trenton Franz is one of eight Divison 1-A football players to be awarded a National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Post-Graduate Fellowship, the organization announced Monday.
The 2004 National Scholar-Athlete Class included a total of 15 scholar-athletes from all NCAA divisions, including eight from Division 1-A, three from Division 1-AA, one from Division II and three from Division III.
To be eligible for the $18,000 fellowship, the student-athlete must have a grade point average of at least 3.0; be a senior or graduate student in his final year of eligibility; have shown superior academic application and performance; have outstanding football ability as a first-team player, and have demonstrated strong leadership
"We are pleased to have the opportunity to recognize college football's best and brightest with these prestigious post-graduate scholarships, said NFF Chairman Jon F. Hanson. "These gentlemen have set the standard at their institution for all future student-athletes to follow, and we salute them for their dedication in becoming standouts on the gridiron, in the classroom and in their communities."
Along with Franz, other Division I-A winners were William Bajema, tight end, Oklahoma State, General Business; Jeffrey Berk, offensive lineman, West Virginia University, Education; David Greene, quarterback, University of Georgia, Risk Management; Josh Halidi, quarterback, Northern Illinois University, Accounting; James Leonhard, free safety, University of Wisconsin, Kinesiology; Michael Munoz, offensive lineman, University of Tennessee, Political Science; Bryan Randall, quarterback, Virginia Tech, Sociology.
"I am extremely honored to receive this recognition," Franz said prior to Monday's Cowboy practice. "As I look at the names of the other winners, I'm very proud to be listed among them." Franz said he hopes to utilize the award for post-graduate work in Water Resources Engineering.
"We are always talking about our focus being on the student-athlete," UW Athletics Director Gary Barta said. "We are so proud of Trenton's accomplishment and the fact that he takes the `student' part of student-athlete so seriously. This is a great reward for all of his hard work and dedication."
One of the nation's top offensive centers, Franz has displayed an equally impressive dedication to academics, leadership and his local community.
A three-time Mountain West Academic All-Conference selection, Franz graduated Cum Laude in May from UW, and is currently working toward a graduate degree in Civil Engineering. A two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District pick, he is the recipient of an EPSCOR Research Grant to study Fiber Reinforced Polymer Concrete Members. He is a member of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society and the Mortar Board.
A two-time All-Conference Honorable Mention pick, Franz has started every game of his collegiate career for the Cowboys at center. His name appears on the 2004 Outland Trophy "Watch List".
Extremely active in community relations, Franz was the co-chair for the Tau Beta Pi Honors Banquet, and participated in the Mortar Board National Project, Reading Is Learning. A member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, he has volunteered with the Salvation Army, and participated in a dedication ceremony and autograph session for Wyoming National Guard troops. A participant in the Wyoming Head Start Program, Franz worked as an intern for two summers at Lidstone and Associates, an engineering firm.