Awards and Honors

NCAA Selects 2015 Walter Byers Scholarship winners

The NCAA has selected Lucinda Kauffman, a field hockey player from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, and Tofey James (T.J.) Leon IV, a swimmer from Auburn University, to receive the 2015 Walter Byers Postgraduate Scholarship. Each student-athlete will be granted a renewable $24,000 award.

2015 Today’s Top 10: Abbey D’Agostino

D’Agostino credits her experience as a student-athlete for preparing her for a professional career as a runner, both on and off the track.

2015 Today’s Top 10: Lauren Battista

Battista, a member of the 2014 Division II national champion Bentley women’s basketball team, graduated summa cum laude and helped bring a Team IMPACT child to campus.

2015 Today’s Top 10: Shannon Vreeland

The swimmer won Olympic gold when she was a college student and has gone on to earn her degree. Up next? Law school and, perhaps, another medal.

2015 Today’s Top 10: Mark Thomas

Thomas was overlooked after high school, but became one of Division II’s top players. His hopes of a professional basketball career overseas were derailed by a rare heart condition.

2015 Today’s Top 10: Nicole Michmerhuizen

Michmerhuizen graduated from Calvin College and now puts the lessons she learned as a student-athlete to use as she pursues her Ph.D. in pharmacology, hoping to one day find better treatments for people with diabetes.

2015 Today’s Top 10: Kim Jacob

University of Alabama gymnast Kim Jacob’s senior season started with a fractured tibia. It ended with the 2014 NCAA title.

2015 Today’s Top 10: Gabe Ikard

Ikard created and took part in an independent study trip to Ireland while he was at Oklahoma. He still made time to play on one of the nation’s top football teams and graduate with a 4.0 GPA.

2015 Today’s Top 10: Kristen Hixson

Hixson began pole vaulting because her brother did. But she beat his record and kept going.

2015 Today’s Top 10: Joe Fletcher

Loyola lacrosse standout Joe Fletcher explains how he made the most of his time as a student-athlete, garnering a tryout with the U.S. men’s national lacrosse team and graduating with a near-perfect GPA.

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