Gresco receives prestigious scholarship

Bob Parana Staff Writer

Ridgway Elkers senior quarterback Paul Gresco was one of 49 players chosen to receive a $1,000 scholarship from the National Football Federation's (NFF) Central Pennsylvania branch. He will be attending Penn State University in the fall to study Chemical Engineering and was honored for his athletic and academic abilities. Gresco was awarded the Robert Mitinger & Dennis Ototz Scholarship by the NFF Board of Directors. He was nominated by Elker Head coach Mark Heindl. “It’s a direct reflection of his work ethic not only in the classroom but on the field. He definitely left his mark on Ridgway football playing on three district championship teams and quarterbacking the past two D-9 championships and (District 9) Large School Division titles. He’s been kind of the unsung leader for the team. That says a lot about him. He’s intelligent and is a great football player. He’s just a great kid that we had the honor of coaching,” the coach said. Gresco had an amazing season throwing for 2,354 yards and completing 150 of his 218 passes - 23 for touchdowns. He threw for 3,733 yards and 34 TD's in his two years as quarterback. “I didn’t even know about it before it happened. I look at coach Heindl as a big role model in my life and I’m so honored he chose me to nominate for the award. It’s a cool thing that I get to represent my town,” Gresco said. The Central Pennsylvania Chapter of the NFF has been supporting high school and college scholar-athletes since 1997. The chapter is one of 120 across the nation. The Central Pennsylvania Chapter encompasses 25 counties and 101 high schools. Scholarships began being awarded in 1998. Since then the PA chapter has awarded $249,000 in scholarships.