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By MN Chapter of the National Football Foundation, 03/28/19, 1:15PM CDT


The Saint John's wide receiver will be recognized at the Minnesota Football Honors event April 27.

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - March 28, 2019 - Will Gillach of Saint John’s University has been named the 2019 Stein-Fallon College Scholar Award recipient by the Minnesota Chapter of the National Football Foundation. He will be recognized at the 12th Annual Minnesota Football Honors on Saturday, April 27 at U.S. Bank Stadium.


Earlier this year Gillach was selected to receive a $10,000 postgraduate scholarship from the NCAA. He was a semi-finalist for the National Football Foundation’s Campbell Trophy and earned Google Cloud Academic All-America recognition. Gillach is a biochemistry major with a pre-medicine emphasis and a 3.70 GPA. He has researched topics including the opioid epidemic, antibiotic resistance, and regenerative science. After graduation, he will begin the ESTEEM (Engineering, Science & Technology Entrepreneurship Excellence Masters) program at Notre Dame.



Gillach is a member of SJU’s Entrepreneur Scholars Program, in which he has traveled to meet with worldwide entrepreneurial leaders. He co-founded a market-research firm called 2 Johnnies Consulting, and also serves on the board of directors for non-profit foundation BonafideU. His community involvement has included a medical mission trip, mentoring children at a domestic abuse shelter, working in the dementia unit of a hospital, and more.



Gillach also excelled as a wide receiver for the Johnnies. The senior was a consensus All-American in 2018. The first SJU receiver in 11 years to reach 1,000 receiving yards, he ended the season with 1,282 yards on 72 catches. He notched a school-record 256 receiving yards against St. Thomas. Gillach’s 17 receiving touchdowns were fourth-most in Division III.



The Stein-Fallon College Scholar Award is named for Minnesota Gopher great Bob Stein and business leader Pat Fallon.



The Minnesota Chapter of the National Football Foundation will host the 12th Annual Minnesota Football Honors on Saturday, April 27, 2019 at U.S. Bank Stadium. The event is presented by the Minnesota Vikings and is the largest football awards event in Minnesota. Doors open at 2 p.m. for the 4 p.m. event. The event is open to the public.  For additional information about this year’s Minnesota Football Honors and to purchase tickets, please visit For sponsorship information, please email






About the Minnesota Chapter of the National Football Foundation:


The Minnesota Chapter of The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame is a local non-profit organization whose mission is to promote and develop the power of amateur football in developing the qualities of leadership, sportsmanship, competitive spirit and academic excellence in Minnesota’s young people. The MN Chapter recognizes legendary football icons, college football Hall of Famers and Minnesota’s top high school and college football scholar athletes. For more information, visit, Facebook or Twitter.


Sean Gothier, Executive Director
MN Chapter of The National Football Foundation