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Griffin Scott Pherson Educational Scholarship

This annual scholarship was created to honor the life and strength of Griffin Scott Pherson. It will be granted at the NHSSCA National Conference and awarded to a high school strength coach who best exemplifies what it means to be trustworthy, knowledgeable, effective, passionate, and transformational.

Submit your nominations by clicking and filling out the form below:

Nominations are reserved for Professional Members ONLY. To access the nomination form and submit your nomination, please LOGIN HERE

The Process

  • Candidates must be current NHSSCA members and can be nominated by any current NHSSCA member in good standing.
  • Candidates must have a minimum of 1 year serving as a full-time faculty member in the role of strength and conditioning coach (private or public high school).
  • Submit your nominations by clicking and filling out the form below:

    Nominations are reserved for Professional Members ONLY. To access the nomination form and submit your nomination, please LOGIN HERE

  • Only NHSSCA Professional Members can nominate

    Nominations are reserved for Professional Members ONLY. To access the nomination form and submit your nomination, please LOGIN HERE

  • The nomination process includes submitting a letter detailing why the nominee is deserving of the scholarship, with attention to how they demonstrate what it means to be trustworthy, knowledgeable, effective, passionate, and transformational.
  • Nominations begin February 1 and end midnight April 1.

If you have any questions about the process, please contact Rob Brokaw brokaw.robert@cusd80.com

Every March, we celebrate the life of Griffin Scott Pherson with The Griffin Challenge. During the month of March, those participating in the Griffin Challenge can perform the workout on their own, with their student-athletes, post videos of the workouts, and post times on social media. Be sure to use #NHSSCA#Griffin#GriffinChallenge, and let’s see #Family celebrate #Griffin.

SCHOLARSHIP Inductees

TAYLOR MOON

Class of 2023

Mike Snyder

Class of 2022

John Garrish

Class of 2021

Jay Spearman

Class of 2020

Andrew McKay

Class of 2019

Scott Horne

Class of 2018

Acts of Inspiration & Family

The NHSSCA Family has never been doubted. Members show their leadership, camaraderie, and commitment to both the profession and one another regularly.

The spirit of the association was on display in 2021 with the #GriffinChallenge and the support provided to the member Scott Pherson — and that spirit has never been brighter. Scott was coaching at North Central High School in Indiana when he and his wife, Lauren, were expecting their second child. A month before the due date, Lauren experienced bleeding and was rushed to the hospital. Their son, Griffin, had a faint heartbeat upon arrival. Griffin Scott Pherson lived from 12:15 to 2:20 a.m. on March 19, 2017.

“He fought for 2 hours and 5 minutes to meet us,” Scott said in a 2018 newspaper article. “The first thing I attempted to do when we left the hospital a couple of days later, I just went to the gym, and I tried my hardest to fight like he fought and give it everything I had. I wanted to make him proud of me, and I’ve pretty much put my head down and worked ever since.

Later that year, Scott left North Central HS to become the head strength coach at Columbus East High School. Scott eventually told his students about Griffin, and Scott had the idea of doing a 2-hour, 5-minute workout to honor Griffin’s life. One of his student-athletes, Kendal Williams, decided to put together the workout honoring Griffin for her senior project.

In 2021, the members of the NHSSCA took the workout to a whole different level with the #GriffinChallenge. Strength Coaches around the country have told Scott’s story and their desire to honor Griffin by having their athletes workout for the 2 hours and 5 minutes, and the athletes have embraced this mission. There were countless videos, photos, tweets and Facebook posts. Every day there was a new post, a new story about a team that has conquered the challenge and honored the life of Griffin in their way, and in doing so carrying on Griffin’s legacy and spirit.

The way that the NHSSCA embraced the #GriffinChallenge, and honored Griffin Scott Pherson is inspiring. Even in challenging times such as this one, the actions of the members have reminded all of us about one thing that is so important: Even when times are most challenging, we find ways to come together and keep moving forward.