FORT WORTH, TEXAS (FWAA) — Nominations
are now being accepted for the 2019 Armed Forces Merit Award
presented by the Football Writers Association of America.
by the staff at the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl, the Armed
Forces Merit Award presented by the FWAA was created in June 2012
"to honor an individual or a group with a military background and/or
involvement impacting college football."
Nominations for the 2019 Armed Forces Merit Award will be accepted
through October 1. At that time, a selection committee of five FWAA
members and two representatives from the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces
Bowl will review the list of candidates. The 2019 recipient will
be announced on Veteran's Day, November 11.
"We are pleased to join with the Football Writers Association
of America to honor an individual with a military background or
group that works with our armed services that has an impact within
college football," said Brant Ringler, the Executive Director of
the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl.
FWAA Executive Director Steve Richardson echoed Ringler's sentiments,
adding that the group "has an outstanding list of candidates each
year, making it difficult to honor only one recipient when there
are several individuals and programs so very deserving of the honor."
From among 56 nominations considered for the 2018 award, Robert
Morris President and Air Force veteran Dr. Chris Howard was selected
as the seventh recipient of the Armed Forces Merit Award. A 1991
graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, Dr. Howard was
a Rhodes Scholar and received the 1990 Campbell Trophy, the highest
academic award in the nation presented to a senior college football
player by the National Football Foundation.
2019 Armed Forces Merit
Award nomination form (.pdf)