The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame will present him with its Distinguished America Award and the National Catholic Education Association will honor him with its Elizabeth Ann Seton Award.
Fr. Monan is one of six recipients of the 1996 NCEA Elizabeth Ann Seton Award, presented to individuals whose contributions have significantly advanced the education and well-being of American's children. As part of the honor, a $1,000 scholarship will be donated in his name to a student at St. Columbkille School in Brighton. Fr. Monan will formally receive the award at the Oct. 7 NCEA Seton Awards Gala in Washington, DC.
The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame cited Boston College's commitment to helping student-athletes complete their education in naming Fr. Monan as the 1996 Distinguished American. The award is presented on special occasions to an outstanding American who, over a long period of time, exhibited leadership qualities in making a significant contribution to the betterment of amateur football in the US.
Boston College won the 1996 College Football Association Academic Achievement Award for graduating the highest percentage of scholarship football players in the nation. It marked the second consecutive year, and third time in the past five, Boston College won or shared the award.
Past winners of the award have included former Athletic Director William Flynn, New York Giants Co-owner Wellington Mara, Penn State Football Coach Joe Paterno and Vince Lombardi, legendary coach of the Green Bay Packers.
Fr. Monan will be saluted at the Annual Chapter Luncheon on Dec. 9 and 10 in New York City.
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