PISCATAWAY, N.J. (February 27, 2014) – Rutgers senior diving captain Nicole Scott (Toronto, Canada), was named the American Athletic Conference Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year, the conference announced today. The award marks the second of the year for Scott, who was named Rutgers’ New Jersey Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (NJAIAW) Woman of the Year in January.
The American Athletic Conference Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year award is one of a number of scholarships presented by the conference annually. One male and one female from each of the conference’s 10 member institutions may be named as the winners of the conference’s Institutional Scholar-Athlete Scholarships. The conference also names male and female Basketball Scholar-Athletes of the Year and a Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Scott will receive a $4,000 scholarship, which may be applied to graduate or professional studies.
“I am very happy and proud to learn that Nicole Scott has been named AAC Female Scholar Athlete of the Year,” said head diving coach Fred Woodruff. “Nicole is indeed an outstanding student-athlete who has excelled in the classroom, as well as in the pool. I know how hard she works and she certainly is very deserving of this award.”
The owner of two RU records in the 3-meter and platform dive, Scott most recently helped lead the Scarlet Knights to a third-place finish at the inaugural AAC Championships. During the four-day competition, Scott earned a silver medal in the platform event with a score 268.55, and also advanced to the finals of the 1-meter and 3-meter dives, ultimately placing fourth and seventh, respectively.
The senior will participate in the 2014 Zone Diving Championships starting March 10th for the third-straight season. In the past two years, Scott has won silver in the platform event at Zones and also advanced to the NCAA Division I Women’s National Diving Championships last season.
A double-major in food science and nutritional sciences with a minor in biological sciences, Scott is a stand-out student in addition to her success on the boards. The diver has been named to the Dean’s List and Athletic Director Honor Roll every semester, and has also earned BIG EAST All-Academic accolades, membership to Chi Alpha Sigma, the National College Athlete Honor Society, and received the spring 2012 Academic Excellence Award.
The senior is also involved in various community service projects including Elijah’s Promise and RU’s annual Believe Bowl.
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