Luke Washburn of Oak Hill High School in Wales and Jedidiah Scott of Sanford have been named winners of the annual Frank J. Gaziano Memorial Lineman Awards.
Washburn and Scott were honored during a luncheon Saturday at the Augusta Civic Center as the top senior defensive and offensive linemen, respectively, in the state based on their work on the field, in the classroom and in their communities. Washburn and Scott each received a trophy and a scholarship of $5,000, the largest high school football scholarship of its kind in the country.
Runners-up for the Gaziano awards were offensive linemen Greg Grinnell of Cheverus High School in Portland and Ethan Liberty of Skowhegan Area High School, and defensive linemen Jacob Fogel of Portland High School and Colin Richards of Mt. Blue High School in Farmington. Each runner-up received a $1,000 scholarship and a trophy, and all six finalists received a leather jacket with the Gaziano awards logo.
The scholarship and awards program for Maine senior high school football linemen was created in memory of Frank J. Gaziano, founder of National Distributors and a former college All-American and professional football player with a lifelong passion for local sports. Funding for the $14,000 in scholarships is provided by National Distributors in South Portland.
Scott was a four-year Southwestern Maine Athletic Association All-Academic selection and a first team all-conference offensive tackle in 2012 and 2013. He was the second-leading tackler on the 2013 Sanford team that advanced to the Western A semifinals.
Scott has received academic honors in accounting, language arts and world history, and was recognized by the National Society of High School Students for scholastic achievement in 2012. Scott has been active as a volunteer for programs through the North Lebanon Second Baptist Church and has stacked firewood and mowed lawns for local senior citizens.
Washburn was an All-Campbell Conference selection at defensive end as a junior and senior. He helped Oak Hill win the 2013 Class D state championship by outlasting Bucksport 42-35 in the title game and was a four-year letterwinner for the Raiders.
The Litchfield resident is vice president of Oak Hill’s Future Business Leaders of America chapter and was inducted into the school’s National Technical Honor Society in 2013. Washburn has spent time as a volunteer for the Special Olympics, Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Dempsey Challenge, and youth football and basketball camps.
For more information on the scholarship program application process, or to contribute to the scholarship fund, visit http://www.gazianolinemanawards.org or contact Charlie Gagnon at email@example.com.