CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – American University graduate student Jen Dumiak added another award to her long list of accolades this season with her selection as the 2014-15 Corvias Patriot League Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year, as announced by the league on Thursday. Dumiak became a candidate for the honor after winning the Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year for women's basketball.
Voting for the award was conducted by an athletic media relations representative from each school in the Patriot League. No voter was permitted to cast a ballot for his or her own student-athlete.
A four-year starter for the Eagles, Dumiak has starred both on and off the court at American. Led by a breakout season in 2014-15, she finished her career ranked second in all-time assists (478) and fourth in all-time points (1,399) at AU. Dumiak averaged 17.1 points and 5.5 rebounds per game in her final campaign, while also dishing out a league-leading 6.2 assists per game, as the Eagles set a school record with 24 victories on the season.
The 2015 Patriot League Women's Basketball Player of the Year, Dumiak led American to its first-ever league title and the first NCAA appearance in program history.
Meanwhile, Dumiak has been even more impressive in the classroom. After graduating in three years with a 3.95 GPA in mathematics and economics, Dumiak began to pursue her master's degree in mathematics, and currently holds a perfect 4.0 GPA. She was selected as the Patriot League Women's Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year, as well as the Division I-AAA ADA Scholar-Athlete of the Year, and earned first-team Capital One Academic All-America recognition.
Dumiak, a native of Carlsbad, Calif., is just the second American University student-athlete to earn PL Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year accolades, joining former volleyball standout Karla Kucerkova, who received the honor in 2003 and 2004. She is also the sixth women's basketball student-athlete to be recognized in the 25-year history of the award and the first since Bucknell's Lori Houck in 2000.
The candidate pool for the Corvias Patriot League Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year award was comprised of the individual Scholar-Athlete winners from women's sports throughout the 2014-15 season. Tying for second place in the voting were fellow Eagle Monika Smidova (volleyball) and Navy's Ellen Bradford (swimming & diving).
The rest of the candidates included American's Grace Wilson (field hockey); Boston University's Shelby Stableford (indoor track and field), Johanna Hyoty (tennis) and Emily Tillo (golf); Bucknell's Katie Jessee (cross country) and Sophia Nnadi (outdoor track and field); Colgate's Caroline Brawner (soccer); Lehigh's Emily Bausher (softball); Loyola Maryland's Kara Burke (lacrosse); and Navy's Kathleen Heinbach (rowing).
To be eligible for the Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative grade-point average and be a starter or key player in his/her sport. Freshmen are not eligible for this honor.