The annual Howard Payne University academic awards chapel was held Wednesday with the HPU top scholar-athletes being recognized at the event.
Howard Payne University faculty athletic representative Chuck Boland presented the academic awards for the athletic department at the event. which was held in Mims Auditorium on the HPU campus.
Blake Arbogast and Sarah Van Remmen received the Paul J. Cunningham Memorial and Tami Pattillo Memorial Awards, respectively. Luis Robles and Kristin Haman were the winners of the Outstanding Scholar-Athlete awards. Amanda Cruddas and Kevin Domingue and were named American Southwest Conference Medal of Honor winners.
The ASC Scholar-Athlete Medal of Honor Award is presented to one male and one female member of the graduating class who has compiled the most outstanding record in academics, athletics and leadership over their collegiate career. The award is presented annually by the Faculty Athletics Representative at each conference member institution.
The Outstanding Scholar-Athlete award is in reality the most prestigious recognition HPU athletics offers. HPU speaks of its athletes as student-athletes, meaning that the emphasis is on academic endeavors. The purpose of this award is to recognize the student-athlete, male and female, junior or senior, with the highest GPA.
The Tami Pattillo Memorial Award honors the memory and athletic/academic accomplishments of a female athlete who was also a real lady. Tami was exceptional in the classroom and on the basketball court, while battling the diabetes that took her life too soon. She held an abiding love for her Lord, her family, her friends and Howard Payne University. This award is presented to the female athlete who most represents the HPU spirit, as chosen by the University coaching staff.
The Paul J. Cunningham Memorial Award is an effort to perpetuate the memory of a bright, talented young athlete who represented the highest qualities of the student-athlete. In addition to being an outstanding athlete, Paul was a quality student, a leader on and off the field, and a professing Christian. He loved his school, his teammates, and proudly represented Howard Payne University. This award is given to the Howard Payne University male athlete who best represents these qualities as voted on by the university coaching staff.