Student Interns from Florida State University’s Sports Management Program
Dr. Jason Pappas, Assistant Teaching Professor, Sport Management, Florida State University
The Fred Bilenikoff Award organization is an excellent opportunity for FSU Sport Management students in providing them with an impactful internship opportunities in multiple areas in the sport industry such as event management, development, marketing and communications. The Bilenikoff Award is one of the biggest college football awards to be given each year and to have this award housed right here in Tallahassee is a tremendous opportunity for a FSU Sport Management to take full advantage of. The organization is second to none in helping provide scholarship opportunities for underprivileged high school students in the local community. In addition, our students are provided leadership and structure from some of the finest business leaders in the country. I would recommend this internship to any motivated and eager student who wants to gain first hand knowledge within the sport industry.
2016-2017: Stuart Langer-Marshall
Hometown: Plainville, Connecticut
Florida State University, Class of 2017
B.S. in Sports Management
The Biletnikoff Award has taught me how much strength and dedication is needed to overcome obstacles in life. Achievements and success come from hard work, and I have read about many students overcoming challenges and still managing excellent grades as well as being an active member in the community through volunteering and extracurricular activities. Throughout the past few months assisting the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation Inc., I have helped promote the mission and prestigious nature of the Biletnikoff Award. My commitment to contacting the local high schools in northern Florida has helped increase the amount of scholarship applications for 2017! The Biletnikoff Award is a great organization and represents itself at the highest level. It is also one of the top 2 college football awards, and I have been honored to have the opportunity to gain experience working with the local communities of northern Florida. My goal from the start of the fall was to encourage as many students as possible to apply for this scholarship to assist them in their further studies. I would highly recommend any student in the sport management field, or similar, to volunteer with this great organization. I have gained ample real world experiences that I am certain will help me succeed in my future endeavors.
2015 – 2016: Anthony Onimus
Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Saint Joseph’s University, Class of 2015
B.S. in Business Administration, Dual Major in Finance & Risk Management
Florida State University, Class of 2016
M.S. in Sports Management
Interning for the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation, Inc. was an experience, I believe, happens once in a lifetime. Working with many of the Trustees, involved with the Biletnikoff Award, assisted me in growing both as an individual as well as a young professional in the sports industry. The internship was very challenging but also very pleasing due to the experience, knowledge, and connections gained throughout my time with the Foundation. The Biletnikoff Award is an amazing award that not only spotlights an outstanding, collegiate wide receiver but also gives back to the community through its scholarship foundation. Working with the scholarships was very rewarding due to the individuals I met as well as the stories I heard. In our beautiful country today, an education does not come at a cheap price and many young students are driven into debt to receive a college degree. The Biletnikoff Award does an outstanding job in assisting young, high school seniors, that have overcome a significant challenge, in receiving an education at a cheaper price by providing 10 – 15 scholarships a year. It was an honor to receive an opportunity to work alongside the Trustees at the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation, Inc. and I look forward in assisting the Foundation in the future!
2015: Colton Schultz
Hometown: Fort Worth, Texas
Bachelor of Science in Sports Management, 2016 Florida State University
Minor in General Business, 2016 Florida State University
Interning for the Biletnikoff Award Foundation was an amazing experience, I am thankful that I got to be a part of such an unbelievable group of people.
2014 – 2015: Edward J. Billington, III
Hometown: St. Petersburg, Florida
Florida State University, Class of 2015
B.S. Sport Management, minor in General Business
University of South Florida, Class of 2018
Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), Sport and Entertainment Management
My experience with the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation afforded me the invaluable opportunity to give back and impact this community in a very meaningful way. I am very fortunate to have been associated with such an upstanding and prestigious foundation, and I look forward to continuing my affiliation.
2013 – 2014: Kristin Olson
Hometown: Tallahassee, Florida
B.S. – Family and Child Sciences
M.S. – Sport Management
Event Management Certification
Interning at the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation, Inc. has provided me with the necessary tools and experiences to be successful in my current career.
I think most sports fans are familiar with the Biletnikoff Award, but I do not think they are familiar with the organization behind it. The Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation is so much more than just the creator and sponsor of the Biletnikoff Award. The Foundation also provides generous college scholarships to local counties’ high school seniors who have overcome significant barriers to achieve at the highest academic and extra-curricular levels. I was very honored to have been tasked the responsibility to conduct outreach to prospective students and to guidance counselors, review and classifying applications, and make award recipient recommendations to the Committee Chairman and Members.
I am very thankful to have had the opportunity to work with such amazing people and organization!