Jon Wassink, senior quarterback of the Western Michigan Broncos, carries 3.95 GPA in his senior year majoring in Accountancy. He is a MAC Sports Distinguished Scholar-Athlete, Academic All-MAC Football Team in both 2017 and 2018 and a regular on the Dean’s List. Additionally, he is a finalist for the 2019 William V. Campbell Trophy, presented by the National Football Foundation, to the nation's top scholar athlete.
A three-year starter, Wassink was a 2019 preseason All-MAC team member and led his team to bowl eligibility for a program record 5th straight season in 2018.
Jon mentors and is involved with “Bronco Buddies” at Tree Of Life. He has been on a mission trip to the Dominican Republic and is a leader at Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
3.95 GPA Haworth College of Business
CoSIDA Academic All-District in 2017
Academic All-MAC Football Team in 2017 and 2018 (NOTE: To be eligible for consideration, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative GPA and have participated in at least 50 percent of the contests for that particular sport.)
MAC Distinguished Scholar-Athlete in 2017 and 2018 (NOTE: From the Academic All-MAC Teams, the faculty athletic representatives selected the ‘best of the best’ of the Academic All-MAC Teams to be honored with a 3.50 GPA or higher with the Distinguished Scholar Athlete Award. The number of Distinguished Scholar Athletes from each sport were equivalent to the number of first-team selections or 20% of nominees, whichever was greater.)
Named MAC Scholar-Athlete of the Week in 2017 two times (NOTE: The Scholar Athlete of the Week Award is presented to a MAC male and/or female student-athlete who has a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better and performs well during that week's competition. An institution can nominate up to one male and one female student-athlete per week in any of that current season's sports. The winners are selected by a representative of the MAC's Faculty Athletics Representatives).
Western Michigan Football John Gill Scholar-Athlete Award in 2017 (NOTE: Named the program’s top scholar-athlete after maintaining a 4.0 grade-point average.)
Western Michigan University Dean’s List, Every semester on campus (NOTE: To be eligible for the Dean’s List, a student must complete at least 12 credit hours of work for a letter grade and Earn a grade-point average of at least 3.50 on a scale of 4.0 for the semester.)
3 year starter at quarterback
2019 Preseason All-MAC: Athlon (2nd), Phil Steele’s College Football Preview (2nd)
2018 All-MAC: Phil Steele (3rd)
2017 All-MAC: Phil Steele (3rd)
2019 Preseason All-MAC: Athlon (2nd)
Phil Steele’s College Football Preview (2nd)
** Played in and started nine games ... missed the final five games due to injury ... named to the Phil Steele All-MAC third team … completed 151-of-245 passes for 1,994 yards and 16 touchdowns against just six interceptions … completed 61.63 percent of passes … added 46 carries for 162 yards and six scores on the ground ... in the MAC, ranked sixth in TD passes and eighth in passing yards ... threw for 300 or more yards against Miami (439) and Syracuse (379) … surpassed the 200-yard plateau six times … tossed 3+ TD passes in a trio of contests (Syracuse/3; Georgia State/3 & Miami/5) … completed 20 or more passes four times with a season-best 27 versus Miami … rushed for three touchdowns against Central Michigan and added single-game scores versus Syracuse, Miami and Eastern Michigan.
** Western Michigan football accomplishments in 2018:
> Reached bowl eligibility for a program-record fifth straight season
> Produced a program-record 20 Academic All-MAC selections
> Claimed the Michigan MAC Trophy – defeating Central Michigan and Eastern Michigan – for the first time since 2016
** Played in and started eight games ... missed the final four games due to injury ... named to the Phil Steele All-MAC third team … completed 151-of-245 passes for 1,994 yards and 16 touchdowns against just six interceptions … completed 61.63 percent of passes … added 46 carries for 162 yards and six scores on the ground ... at the time of injury, led the MAC in completion percentage (.642) and ranked second for pass efficiency (145.4) … nationally at the time of injury, ranked 27th in completion percentage and 33rd in pass efficiency, while standing at 29th in points responsible for surpassed the 200-yard plateau three times with a year-high 276 yards against Buffalo … tossed 3+ TD passes in a trio of contests (Wagner/3; Ball State/3 & Buffalo/5) … completed 20 or more passes twice with a season-best 23 versus Buffalo … rushed for scores versus Southern California and Buffalo … collected Davey O’Brien National “Great 8” Weekly Performer honors after accounting for six TDs (five passing, one receiving) and 295 total yards (256 passing, 26 rushing, 13 receiving) in a 71-68 seven OT win against Buffalo … made collegiate debut at No. 4 Southern California and completed 11-for-22 passes for 67 yards, rushed for one TD and caught a 27-yard touchdown pass.
Mentor, Tree of Life – Involved with the “Bronco Buddies” mentoring program at the Tree of Life, which is a school that exists to provide a Christ-centered education to all children, regardless of socio-economic status. Has been a four-year member of the program, taking part in its once-a-month activities on Sundays. Events range from trips to the swimming pool, to the zoo, to bowling and the like
Mission Trip, Dominican Republic – Traveled to the Dominican Republic during spring break of 2016, building a basketball court for a small village of 100 people. Also helped repair fences for a community bridge used by villagers daily. Gained perspective and purpose in work throughout the weeklong trip
Leader, Fellowship of Christian Athletes – Since August of 2016, has led a weekly Bible study for college student-athletes
Volunteer, Tree of Life – In addition to the mentoring aspect, also visits Tree of Life students during recess hours to play games
Volunteer, Ministry with Community – In downtown Kalamazoo, has served food to the homeless on multiple occasions. Has also volunteered with the organization’s fundraising events. The group aims to provide an environment of dignity, hope, trust and unconditional acceptance where all people are respected and valued
Volunteer, Uplifting Athletes – Helps organize events, like this summer’s Lift for Life, for the on-campus chapter of Uplifting Athletes, which is a nonprofit organization that inspires the rare disease community with hope through the power of sport. The national network of chapters is run by current football student-athletes
Volunteer, Indian Lake Elementary – Visits the local elementary school to read with students
Volunteer, Bronson Children’s Hospital – With other football team leaders, visits the children staying at the local children’s hospital
"Jon Wassink has embodied the best of what Western Michigan football student-athletes stand for by excelling on the field, in the classroom and in the community. He has taken on a variety of leadership roles within the team, been a starting quarterback for two years and already received his undergraduate degree and is pursuing a master’s degree to help him prepare for life after football.
For his academic work, Wassink is a two-time MAC Distinguished Scholar-Athlete recipient. To be selected, the faculty athletic representatives select the ‘best of the best’ of the Academic All-MAC Teams to be honored with a 3.50 GPA or higher with the Distinguished Scholar Athlete Award. Wassink has also made the Western Michigan University Dean's List every semester on campus and been a two-time Academic All-MAC honoree.
Off the field, Wassink is part of the "Bronco Buddies" program at the Tree of Life, which is a school that exists to provide a Christ-centered education to all children, regardless of socio-economic status. Has been a four-year member of the program, taking part in its once-a-month activities on Sundays. Events range from trips to the swimming pool, to the zoo, to bowling and the like. During the spring of 2016, Wassink traveled to the Dominican Republic during spring break of 2016, building a basketball court for a small village of 100 people. He helped repair fences for a community bridge used by villagers daily and was able to gain perspective and purpose in work throughout the weeklong trip.
He has been able to capitalize on the athletic, academic and community interests Western Michigan has to offer, which is the goal for all student-athletes within our program. He has been a resource and a point of guidance for younger teammates, as well as offering time to his peers."