Hiram College senior offensive lineman, Sebastian Jenkins, has been selected to receive a Postgraduate Scholarship Award from the Northeastern Ohio Chapter of the National Football Foundation.
Jenkins will be honored at the 31st Annual Scholar-Athlete Awards Banquet to be hosted by the NE Ohio Chapter of the NFF at the LaCentre Banquet Center in Westlake, Ohio on Tuesday, March 12.
Jenkins earned a $2,000 scholarship from the NFF which will be used to further his education in graduate school. A two-sport athlete on Hiram's campus, Jenkins was a four-year starter for the Terrier football program.
The four-year offensive lineman played in 38 games throughout his career with the football team, racking up 38 starts. Lining up primarily at left and right guard throughout his tenure, "Bash" helped lead the Terrier offense to 15 school records. Most notably, he led the way for Hiram's second 1,000-yard rusher in 2017 as Danny Robinson broke the single-season rushing yardage mark.
With Sebastian anchoring the offensive line, the Terriers continued to break and re-break team offensive records. The team's 287 total points in 2017 were a new school mark, as was the 256.8 passing yards per game in 2016, and the 4,205 total offensive yards in 2017.
He blocked for many prolific offensive games throughout his tenure, including a six-touchdown pass performance by quarterback Randy Tucker; a 200-yard rushing performance from Robinson; and a 700+-yard day by the Terriers against Kenyon College.
"It has been a pleasure getting to work with Sebastian over the last four years," remarked head coach Henry Stanford. "He is an outstanding young man and someone that has really been able to make something of himself here at Hiram."
An education major, Sebastian also pulls down over a 3.0 GPA while staying heavily involved with both football and baseball. Additionally, he is a member of Cultures Connect and works as a teacher's assistant.
Following graduation Sebastian plans to use the scholarship money to pursue a Master's degree in either higher education or secondary education and parlay that into a teaching career.
"To see Sebastian receive this honor is something that is rewarding not only to me, but the program in general," commented Stanford. "To see him juggle family life, multiple sports and academics is something that takes a lot of character and perseverance.
"Sebastian is an example of what it means to be a humble leader and should serve as an example for our players and program moving forward."
Jenkins becomes the second Hiram player in the last three seasons to garner a post-graduate scholarship from the NFF, joining former Terrier standout Antwand Hill.