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Fragodt, Foss nominated for Scholar-Athlete Leadership Award

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The Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) announced its finalists for the annual Scholar-Athlete Leadership Award, which includes five males and seven females. Minnesota Morris is represented by both Brendon Foss and Abby Fragodt.

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The award, which is given to one male and one female student-athlete from UMAC member institutions, recognizes graduating seniors who demonstrate a healthy balance by achieving excellence in academics, leadership, and service, while participating in intercollegiate athletics.

Foss is an All-UMAC in both football and basketball as well as being honored in the classroom while playing both sports. Fragodt, a three sport star has earned both All-UMAC honors in basketball and tennis. She is also an All-Conference golfer, but women’s golf is not a UMAC sponsored sport.

From the UMAC Release:

The NCAA Division III athlete is unique among intercollegiate athletes because, at Division III institutions, student-athletes receive no financial aid for athletic participation. Such institutions emphasize the overall quality of the educational experience and the successful completion of the student's academic program; athletic participation is an important part of that educational experience. Division III provides opportunities for student-athletes to be a part of numerous campus activities in addition to athletics, and these finalists have maximized those opportunities.

The UMAC Scholar-Athlete Leadership Award is presented to students who embody what it means to be an NCAA Division III athlete. Through this award, the UMAC recognizes the role athletics plays in developing leaders by rewarding athletes' excellence in the classroom as well as service to the community. The league's faculty athletic representatives nominate and vote on this honor.

The winners of the scholar-athlete leadership award will be announced during the third week of April. Award recipients are honored on their individual campuses and presented with a customized plaque.

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