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Jack Diller Education Award will be awarded to four successful students residing within Nashville and Middle Tennessee area. All high schools within this vicinity are encouraged to nominate two male and two female students for this prestigious college award. 


Each recipient will receive a scholarship in the amount of $2,500. Our winners will also be honored in an in-arena presentation at a Predators home game at the Bridgestone Arena in March or April.



All scholarship candidates must be nominated by a teacher or coach. To nominate a student(s), the school official must attach a letter of recommendation describing the unique qualities, achievements and circumstances that make the student(s) an exceptional scholarship nominee.

Nominations (along with student’s complete application) must be delivered/postmarked no later than Friday, February 13, 2015. Please mail or hand deliver the application to:


Jack Diller Education Award
c/o Nashville Predators Foundation
501 Broadway
Nashville, TN 37203



Student applicants must meet the following criteria:
  • College-bound senior currently attending a Nashville or Middle Tennessee area high school (must be attending college in the fall of 2015). 

  • Display leadership qualities in the classroom and/or inspirational qualities on the athletic field. 

  • Minimum grade point average of 3.0 from sophomore to senior high school year. 

  • Demonstrate the value of education, good work ethic and community outreach.
There will be no discrimination regardless of gender, race or religion when choosing a successful scholarship recipient. The Selection Committee will not base its decisions in any way on the employment status of an applicant or the employment status of the applicant’s parents/guardians.

Immediate family members, relatives and front office employees in association with the selection committee and the sponsoring sports teams are not eligible for consideration of a scholarship.



Each student must submit the following information to complete this application:

  • Completed online application

  • Jack Diller Education Award application and eligibility requirements form -- please make sure to return the Signed Eligibility Requirements & Promotional Efforts form

  • Taking into consideration academic achievement, athletic success and community involvement, please write a 2-3 page essay explaining why you believe you are a deserving candidate (essays longer than 3 pages will not be considered).

  • Two letters of recommendation from non-relatives. At least one must be from a teacher or coach; peer recommendation letters not considered.

  • Official transcripts from each high school attended.




Diller Education Award Recipients

In April, the Nashville Predators Foundation announced the four recipients of the 2014 Jack Diller Education Award. A total of $10,000 in college scholarships was awarded to the four students, who were selected from over 180 high school seniors from 75 different high schools who applied for the award. The Predators Foundation has awarded $90,000 in nine years.


2014
Christian Harris of Columbia (University of Alabama)
Kaycee Hurd of Ashland City (Martin Methodist College)
Chase Lutz of Spring Hill (University of Missouri)
Emily Spence of Lewisburg (University of Tennessee at Knoxville)

2013
Jayce Arnette of Franklin (North Carolina State University)
Taylor Blanton of Woodbury (Tennessee Tech University)
Katherine Ferguson of Nashville (Auburn University)
Hunter Kinslow of Nashville (University of Tennessee at Knoxville)


2012

Haley Doty of White House (Lincoln Memorial University)
Jordan LaRocca of Spring Hill (Lee University)
Sarah Plantz of Brentwood (University of South Carolina at Columbia)
Christopher Wilson of Gallatin (Tennessee Tech University)


2011

Leena Patel of Springfield (Sewanee University)
Abigail Wilson of Gallatin (Cumberland University)
Patrick Brooks of Brentwood
Ian Kukowski of Brentwood (University of Pennsylvania)


2010

Greg Ray of Manchester (Middle Tennessee State University)
Whitley Rowlett of Mt. Juliet (Middle Tennessee State University)
Tazlyn Saez of Lebanon (Volunteer State Community College)
Joseph Scearce of Murfreesboro (University of Tennessee, Knoxville)


2009
Anna Caruso of Winchester (Middle Tennessee State University)
Reginald Ford of  Nashville (Vanderbilt University)
Rudi Monyjang of Nashville (University of Tennessee at Knoxville)
Tavares Smith of  Nashville (Bethune-Cookman University)

2008
Jeremy Bost of Mt. Juliet (Lipscomb University)
Rebecca Brewster of Brentwood (University of Georgia - Athens)
Michael Heslin of Hendersonville (University of Tennessee at Knoxville)
Chelsey Traughber of Cedar Hill (Austin Peay State University)


2007
Isabel Boersma of Franklin (College of Charleston)
Ryan Proctor of Nashville (Auburn University)
Adriana Short of Madison (Middle Tennessee State University)
Charles Tomkins of Gallatin (University of Tennessee – Chattanooga)


2006
Lisa Bentley of Springfield (Tennessee Tech)
Sara Bentley of Springfield (Belmont University)
William Dale of Nashville (University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill)
Hayley Harmon of Lebanon (Tennessee Tech)
Bao Nguyen of Antioch (Belmont University)

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 51 24 7 228 221 109
2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 239 197 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 226 202 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 220 186 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 236 220 101
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 227 198 100
7 x - WPG 82 43 26 13 223 204 99
8 x - CGY 82 45 30 7 237 213 97
9 LAK 82 40 27 15 218 197 95
10 DAL 82 41 31 10 257 257 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 209 223 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 224 226 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 193 276 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 165 267 56

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
F. Forsberg 82 26 37 15 63
M. Ribeiro 82 15 47 11 62
R. Josi 81 15 40 15 55
S. Weber 78 15 30 15 45
C. Smith 82 23 21 11 44
C. Wilson 77 20 22 19 42
M. Fisher 59 19 20 4 39
J. Neal 67 23 14 12 37
R. Ellis 58 9 18 8 27
S. Jones 82 8 19 3 27
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 41 17 6 .923 2.18
C. Hutton 6 7 4 .902 2.61