John Love, Virginia Tech


Virginia Tech kicker John Love, a redshirt freshman majoring in biology, has been named a Military Bowl STEM Scholar-Athlete presented by

Love, who is from Spartanburg, South Carolina, has a 3.2 grade-point average. He plans to attend medical school and become a doctor.

“John Love has a near perfect quiz score and a high “A” in my Concussion Perspective class,” Virginia Tech professor Dr. Stefan Duma said. “This is a biomedical engineering course where we learn all things about concussion and playing sports safely. John is genuinely interested and engaged in the course as reflected by his high marks.”

On the field, Love was an honorable mention All-ACC honoree this season after making 20 of 22 field goal attempts and all 39 of his point-after kicks.

The Military Bowl and are proud to announce the members of the third annual Military Bowl STEM Scholar-Athlete Program, recognizing some of the brightest minds taking the football field in the ACC and the American Athletic Conference.

“The Military Bowl STEM Scholar-Athlete Program presented by recognizes some of the brightest minds taking the football field each weekend,” Military Bowl Foundation President & Executive Director Steve Beck said. “Together with, we commend these student-athletes for their ability to succeed on the field and in the classroom while managing a most challenging course load.”

 The Military Bowl 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.

“STEM education is the cornerstone of innovation, equipping the next generation with critical thinking skills to tackle global challenges,” said Kiley Wren, co-founder and co-chief executive at BlueForge Alliance, owners and operators of “These courses prepare students for purposeful, high-demand career paths while fostering adaptability, collaboration, and technological literacy. At BlueForge Alliance, empowering individuals with a stable foundation of knowledge pairs directly into our mission of ensuring a resilient and adaptable skilled trades workforce ready to meet the demands of revitalizing our nation’s defense. We’re proud to join the Military Bowl in recognizing outstanding student athletes aiming to make an impact off the field while supporting their fellow students’ pursuits.”