BURNSVILLE, Minn. -- The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference today announced Bemidji State University’s Shaylin Prout and Tony Peterson to its list of 2016 Honor Student-Athlete and scholarship award winners.
As a part of the announcement, the league also named Southwest Minnesota State University’s Claire Sames as its 2016 Willis R. Kelly Scholar-Athlete Award for Academic Excellence and Matt Horan of University of Sioux Falls as the recipient of the 2016 Dr. William Britton Scholar-Athlete Award for Academic Excellence.
Prout, a three-time Academic All-NSIC team honoree and three-time All-NSIC selection, has led the BSU tennis to a program record 11-6 record in 2015-16. The senior competed in 14 matches posting a 4-10 record in singles play, while going 8-5 in doubles play. The team’s co-captain anchored the No. 1 singles and No. 1/2 doubles position all season. Also a recipient of the Muriel B. Gilman Scholarship for the 2015-2016 school year, Prout is a regular on BSU’s Dean’s List and earned a Presidential Citation last spring and again this fall after achieving a 4.0 GPA. and was also a recipient of the 2015-16 Butch Raymond Scholarship–becoming the first BSU Tennis player to receive the award.
Prout, an exercise science major with a minor in psychology, was also awarded the NSIC Myles Brand All-Academic with Distinction Award this winter.
Peterson, a three-time Academic All-NSIC selection and 2015 Honor Student-Athlete, played in five games at running back for the BSU football team in 2015. He finished the season fourth on the team with 114 rushing yards and one touchdown on 18 carries. He posted a career-high 72 yards on 13 carries, which included a career-long 34-yard scamper, versus Upper Iowa University (Sept. 20, 2014). He scored his first career rushing touchdown versus Northern State University (Nov. 15, 2014).
Peterson, also a recipient of the 2016 NSIC Myles Brand All-Academic with Distinction Award, is an exercise science major. He has been accepted into graduate school at the University of North Dakota for the fall of 2016 and will study physical therapy.
The 16 NSIC member institutions nominate one male and one female student-athlete for the Britton and Kelly Awards. The nominees must meet the following criteria: a grade point average of 3.20 or better (on a 4.0 scale); evidence of academic excellence beyond the minimum grade point average (scholarship prizes and other academic recognition), evidence of participation in the life of the institution, and evidence of participation in at least two-thirds of the varsity events of the individual’s primary sport. The award is voted on by the NSIC Faculty Athletic Representatives.
The Britton Award was created in 1985 in honor of Dr. William Britton, a longtime faculty representative at Bemidji State. The Kelly Award is named in honor of Willis R. Kelly, an associate professor of physical education at the University of Minnesota, Morris. A member of the NSIC Hall of Fame, Kelly also coordinated the Minnesota-Morris Physical Education Department from 1970-87. She became the first director of women’s intercollegiate athletics at Minnesota-Morris in 1976 and was later promoted to athletic director for the whole department.
The 32 student-athletes nominated for the awards will be honored as NSIC Male and Female Honor Student-Athletes of the Year at their respective institutions. Sames and Horan will be recognized and presented with a $2,500 post-graduate scholarship July 12 at the 2016 NSIC Hall of Fame Banquet at the Best Western Premier in Burnsville, Minn.
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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).