University of South Florida long snapper Bryce Bernard, a sophomore majoring in mechanical engineering, has been named a Military Bowl 3M STEM Scholar-Athlete for the second year in a row.
Bernard, who is from Neptune Beach, Florida, joined the USF football team two years ago after starting out as a student assistant videotaping practices. Injuries created a need for a long snapper and Bernard filled the void. He has a 3.85 grade-point average and is a two-time member of the American Athletic Conference All-Academic Team.
“Bryce is a very bright and hard-working student who is dedicated to his developing knowledge and skill set in the world of engineering and applying those skills to the benefit of his community,” USF academic coordinator Rosemary Piedmont said.
The Military Bowl and 3M are proud to announce the members of the second annual Military Bowl 3M STEM Scholar-Athlete Program, recognizing some of the brightest minds taking the football field in the ACC and the American Athletic Conference.
“Once again the Military Bowl 3M STEM Scholar-Athlete Program is shining a light on a remarkable group of student-athletes,” Military Bowl President & Executive Director Steve Beck said. “These young men are leaders on and off the field, taking head on the challenges of rigorous course work while helping their teams every Saturday.”
The Military Bowl 3M STEM Scholar-Athlete Program honors one football player at each university that is a member of the ACC and the American Athletic Conference – the two conferences that are represented in the Military Bowl college football game. These players are studying STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) subjects and/or aspire to STEM careers.
“3M is excited to recognize these outstanding students pursuing degrees in STEM-related fields,” said Skip Driessen, Director of 3M Government Markets. “We know how hard these scholar-athletes have worked on the field and in the classroom and look forward to their continued success.”