KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Tim Hiller joins an elite group of 30 NCAA Division I student-athletes has been chosen as candidates for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award in football. To be eligible for the football award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior (in the Football Bowl Subdivision only) and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: Classroom, Character, Community, and Competition.
Hiller completed his undergraduate work in August of 2008, earning a bachelors in business and marketing with a 4.0 GPA. He is one of 40 Bronco football players with a GPA over 3.00 and one of 15 with a GPA of 3.5 or higher. The Orrville, Ohio, native personifies the acronym of the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award - classroom, character, community and competition. He founded the Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter at WMU and recently took a faith-based mission to Trinidad. Hiller is exemplary on the field, taking ownership of 10 game and season records during his junior campaign.
The Lowe's Senior CLASS award is an acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages those leaders to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact on their circle of influence. This prestigious awards program was launched during the 2001-02 basketball season, added six additional sports in 2007, and has now expanded this year to include NCAA football.
The 2009 candidates include student-athletes from 13 teams ranked in the Associated Press preseason top 25 poll. There are five AP All-Americans, one American Football Coaches Association All-American, one member from the AFCA's Allstate Good Works Team and one former Heisman Trophy winner. In addition, three candidates were named to last year's CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American team and five student-athletes have maintained a cumulative grade point average of 3.8 or better, including two who have recorded perfect 4.0 GPAs in their careers. Lowe's, an official Corporate Partner of the NCAA, will announce the Senior CLASS Award winner in early January.
The 30 candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select one finalist who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of classroom, character, community and competition.
“The Lowe's Senior CLASS Award candidates for football are the best of the best in NCAA Division I athletics,” said Bob Gfeller, Lowe's senior vice president of marketing. “They have set high standards for themselves throughout their collegiate careers and have consistently risen to the highest levels in the classroom and in their communities.”
This marks the second year for the football division of the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. In 2008, Ohio State University linebacker James Laurinaitis took home the inaugural football award.