TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology freshman Jakob Quasebarth is one of 35 finalists for the 2017 National Football Foundation (NFF) Chapter Scholar-Athlete Award, in results released by the national organization Sept. 13.
Quasebarth and the Finalist group was cited by the NFF as "the best and brightest for their accomplishments as athletes, scholars and citizens at the high school level," according to the organization's news release.
Quasebarth and the other finalists all graduated from high school in 2017 and are now playing college football at the NCAA Division I, II, III and NAIA levels. A national committee will select the five honorees, who will be announced Oct. 4.
The five selections will also be honored at the NFF Chapter Awards Luncheon, presented by Under Armour, at the New York Hilton Midtown on Dec. 5. Criteria for the award include "academic achievement, athletic accolades and community involvement," according to the NFF.
Quasebarth is a graduate of North White High School in Monon, Ind., and was nominated by the NFF Joe Tiller/Northwest Indiana Chapter.
Quasebarth was a two-time all-conference performer and was chosen all-Lafayette Area in 2015. He was an Indiana Football Coaches Association All-State selection in 2016 and the Lafayette Journal & Courier Student-Athlete of the Year.
Quasebarth and the Fightin' Engineer football team return home to face Hanover College in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference opener on Saturday at 2 p.m.