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WVU Football’s Sean Mahone Records National Scholar-Athlete Distinction

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Redshirt senior safety Sean Mahone has already graduated magna cum laude with his Bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems from WVU. A year later, in May 2021, he also tacked on a masters in Business Administration. During his six seasons with the Mountaineers, he’s been a consummate member of the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll and the Garrett Ford Academic Honor Roll, ending his college experience with a 3.6 GPA.

Now, his hard work in the classroom has garnered national attention from none other than the 2021 William V. Campbell Trophy, given by the National Football Foundation to college football’s premier scholar-athletes. The trophy finalists include 13 student-athletes from across the country who are either seniors or graduate students in their final year of eligibility, have attained at least a 3.2 GPA, and have shown leadership on their respective football teams. Each head coach is only allowed one submission. The trophy has been commemorating strong work in the classroom since 1959; Mahone marks only the seventh Mountaineer to join the finalist ranks, and the first since 2009.

The last Mountaineer to earn a semi-finalist spot was Reese Donahue in 2019.

Mahone was selected as one of the final 13 nominees from a pool of 176 semi-finalists scouted from NAIA and all three NCAA divisions. He joins fellow Big 12 players, Iowa State tight end Charlie Kolar (mechanical engineering) and Oklahoma defensive back Patrick Fields (accounting). Each finalist receives an $18,000 post-graduate scholarship, presented by Fidelity Investments. Mahone, Kolar, and Fields, along with the other 10 finalists, will convene on Las Vegas, Nevada on Dec. 7 to be recognized at the 63rd NFF Annual Awards Dinner.

The award winner will then be presented with the 32nd Campbell Trophy and have his scholarship increased to $25,000.

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