Denny Selected 2013-14 NEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Senior Travis Denny (Beaver Falls, Pa. / Blackhawk) of the Robert Morris University tennis team was named the 2013-14 Northeast Conference Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year Wednesday.
Sponsored by the league's Faculty Athletic Representatives, the NEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year award is bestowed annually upon the male and female student-athlete who has exhausted their eligibility, graduated and posted the highest cumulative GPA in the conference at the conclusion of the academic year.
Denny compiled a 3.93 GPA in earning a Bachelor of Science degree in biology. Earning the NEC Female Student-Athlete of the Year was Ellen Huffman of the Wagner women's golf program, who compiled a 4.00 GPA as a business administration major.
"I am in awe of what Ellen and Travis were able to accomplish in their studies while also dedicating themselves in their respective sports," said NEC Commissioner Noreen Morris. "They epitomize what it means to be a scholar-athlete in every sense and the Northeast Conference is so proud to highlight their success. The time management skills and work habits formed during their collegiate years will certainly carry them well into the future as they embark on their careers."
Denny is the fourth student-athlete and first male from Robert Morris to earn the NEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year in the eight years since the award was created, joining former volleyball players Lisa Jaszka (2003-06) and Una Japundza (2010-13) and former track & field student-athlete Tara Maxwell (2005-09). Jazska was honored with the inaugural NEC Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2007, Maxwell was bestowed the honor in 2009 and Japundza claimed the award in 2013.
"We're extremely proud of Travis' academic accomplishments during his time at RMU in helping him earn the NEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year," Robert Morris Director of Athletics Craig Coleman, M.D., said. "His dedication in the classroom is an indication of the total development of the student-athlete that takes place at Robert Morris under the guidance of a number of important individuals."
The plaudit from the NEC marks the second academic honor for Denny in the spring of 2014, as he earned the honor of Highest GPA Award at the RMU All-Sports Banquet in April.