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Lausanne Alum Nominated For "Academic Heisman"

As the college football season approaches, one Lausanne alum is making news for his work at college both in the classroom and on the field.

Navy announced in August that they had nominated Cameron Kinley ‘17 for the prestigious Campbell Trophy. On November 12, they shared that he is one of 12 finalists for the award, earning an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship as a member of the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class.

"It's definitely a blessing to be nominated for the Campbell Trophy and an honor that I don't take lightly. Since I was young, my parents always emphasized the importance of handling my business in the classroom and taking care of my academics. It just feels like all of the hard work is starting to pay off," Kinley said. 

Named in honor of the late William V. Campbell, the former chairman of Intuit, former player and head coach at Columbia University and the 2004 recipient of the National Football Foundation's (NFF) Gold Medal, The William V. Campbell Trophy has become the most prestigious and desirable "academic" award in college football. The trophy recognizes an individual as the best in the country for his academic success, football performance and exemplary leadership and has come to be known as the "Academic Heisman."

Nominated by their schools, candidates must be:

  • A senior or graduate student in their final year of eligibility
  • Have a grade point average of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale
  • Have outstanding football ability as a first-team player
  • Have demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship. 

"My years at Lausanne have played a fundamental role in my academic success at the Naval Academy. I was a member of the full diploma IB program at Lausanne, which challenged my time management skills early. I learned how to balance taking these rigorous courses, while also participating in multiple sports on campus. The teachers at Lausanne always challenged me to take myself to the next level and this ambition has served me well throughout my college years," Kinley said. 

Selected by the NFF Awards Committee in October, the finalists and the winner are all honored at an awards dinner in December at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York City.  The overall winner is announced during the event and is awarded an additional $7,000 towards his postgraduate studies.

The Campbell Award nomination caps an exciting summer off the field for Kinley, who was also nominated for the Wuerffel Trophy. The Wuerffel Trophy is presented to the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision player who best combines exemplary community service with leadership achievement on and off the field. It is college football's premier award for community service. 

While many things about the upcoming season are still uncertain, Kinley said he focuses on what he can control.

"Regardless of what this season looks like, I'm excited to get one last chance at playing the game that I love. I'll be taking everything a week at a time and focusing on the variables that I can control. I can't wait to get the ball rolling with my brothers!" Kinley said. 

Way to go Cameron! We are so proud of you! 

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