NFF Programs

Founded in 1947 with early leadership from General Douglas MacArthur, legendary Army coach Earl "Red" Blaik and immortal journalist Grantland Rice, the National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame is a non-profit educational organization that runs programs designed to use the power of amateur football in developing scholarship, citizenship and athletic achievement in young people. The NFF programs include:

The College Football Hall of Fame
, a $68 million state-of-the-art and highly interactive facility in the heart of Atlanta that brings the game to life for fans of all ages while paying tribute to the game’s greatest legends.

The NFF Scholarship Program
, awarding more than $1.3 million annually and nearly has distributed nearly $30 million since its inception in 1959.

The NFF Showcases
, which currently provide more than 1,000 disadvantaged high school players an opportunity, at no cost, to display their skills in front of coaches from more than 100 divisional colleges with the hopes of earning participation and academic scholarships.

The NFF Major Awards
, honoring those who represent the key ideals of the organization and have made major contributions to the sport and/or society.

The NFF Annual Awards Dinner
, the organization’s marquee event that attracts more than 1,600 of the game's most  influential supporters to the New York Hilton Midtown in New York City to honor those who embody the spirit of the game.

, officially known as the FWAA-NFF Super 16 Poll, the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and the National Football Foundation (NFF) partner during the regular season to conduct a weekly major-college football poll ranking the top teams in the country.

Membership and the NFF Chapter Network
, providing those who love the game an opportunity to stay involved and give back to future generations by replicating the national efforts at the grassroots level.

News, Outreach and Partnerships
, implementing a variety of initiatives that promote the game’s best storylines and engage the key stakeholders and the more than 778 football-playing colleges and universities nationwide.

Annual Awards Dinner

Throughout the football season, records are broken, titles are won, and champions are made, but perhaps the most bountiful memories are supplied by the magnetic December dinner. From the Second Annual Awards Dinner in 1959 through the 59th Dinner in 2016, the event was held in the Grand Ballroom of New York City's historic Waldorf Astoria Hotel. With the Waldorf closing to undergo renovations, the NFF has moved the event to a new home - the New York Hilton Midtown. The 61st NFF Annual Awards Dinner will take place on Dec. 4, 2018.

Since 1958, more than 1,600 of the game's most enthusiastic supporters have gathered each year to witness this showcase and honor those who embody the spirit of the game: dynamic business, military and community leaders; national scholar-athletes; and former greats of the game who will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. 

This black-tie affair is a homecoming for the football fraternity as the audience is graced with former and current coaches, Hall of Famers from yesteryear and generous supporters of the foundation and its mission. 

Several awards are presented every year at the dinner. They include the Gold Medal, the highest award the Foundation bestows, the Distinguished American Award, the National Scholar-Athlete Awards, presented by Fidelity Investments, and the highlight of the evening - the induction of the Hall of Fame Class.

Of the nearly $1.3 million that the Foundation awards annually, more than $250,000 is awarded during this grand event to the NFF National Scholar-Athletes, who are each awarded $18,000 postgraduate scholarships. Also that evening, the winner of The William V. Campbell Trophy®, presented by Fidelity Investments and hosted at the NYAC, the highest academic award in the country presented to a senior football player, is revealed for the first time.

The 61st NFF Annual Awards Dinner is slated for Dec. 4, 2018, at the New York Hilton Midtown. For more information on how to attend or to purchase tickets, please call 972-556-1000 or contact Director of National Events, Will Rudd, at

The New York Hilton Midtown New York City, NY
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