Gaziano Lineman Awards to be held Saturday Jan 25, 2014 at 1:00pm at The Augusta Civic Center

All nominations have been accepted for the 2013 Frank J. Gaziano Memorial Offensive and Defensive Lineman Awards for Maine high school football players. The awards selection committee will being the process to select the finalists from high schools across the state. The award and scholarship presentations to the Gaziano Award winners will be announced during a lunch on Saturday, Jan. 25 at the Augusta Civic Center. 

The Gaziano Awards are the largest high school scholarships of their kind in the country. The awards are given to the top senior-class offensive and defensive linemen in the state based on their hard work on the field, in the classroom, and in their communities. 

Two winners will receive $5,000 each and a trophy, and four runners-up will receive $1,000 each and a trophy. The awards honor the memory of the late Frank J. Gaziano who was a college football All-American and professional player before founding National Distributors, Inc. in South Portland.  

To qualify for consideration, an applicant must be a high school senior, have competed at the varsity level for a minimum of two years and have an exemplary record of positive athletic and non-athletic citizenship. The submission of a student essay and a game film featuring the applicant competing against his two toughest competitors are also part of the application process. For more information on the scholarship program visit www.gazianolinemanawards.org

All funding for the scholarships and awards is provided by National Distributors, Inc. in South Portland. The awards committee will also be securing sponsorships ranging from $50-$500 so players and families of the student athletes can attend the lunch free of charge. If you are interested in attending the event or contributing to the scholarship fund, contact event coordinator Charlie Gagnon at 363-9141 or e-mail gazianoawards@gmail.com.