As the 2015-16 academic year comes to an end, each of the university's schools and colleges honors its top students.
GW men's soccer graduating senior Jonny Forrest received the Outstanding Bachelor of Business Administration Award on Thursday evening at the GW School of Business Awards Ceremony following the school's Undergraduate Celebration earlier in the day at the Smith Center.
"It's extremely humbling to win this award," Forrest said. "It's a wonderful way to cap my four years at GW, and I feel extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to study here."
The top five percent of GWSB seniors receiving a bachelor of business administration are eligible to apply for the award, which recognizes a graduating senior who has made an outstanding contribution to the school and to the university in recognition of the student's scholarship, leadership and service.
A native of North Shields, England, Forrest boasts a 3.93 grade-point average and has achieved a perfect 4.0 GPA four times. He was named to the 2014 Atlantic 10 All-Academic Team and also earned NSCAA Scholar All-East Region honorable mention that same season. In addition, he has been recognized on the Atlantic 10 Commissioner's Honor Roll every semester.
On the soccer pitch, the team co-captain totaled six goals and 15 points in his GW career, and four of his six goals were game-winners.
"Academics have always been something I've considered extremely important, and my family has always pushed me to work hard both athletically and academically," Forrest said. "I always dreamt of being a professional soccer player, but I realized very few make it at that level. Knowing that, academics became even more important to me. I've been inspired on a daily basis by the achievements of so many of the amazing athletes at GW, and these achievements have motivated me to strive for success, too."
Following graduation, Forrest will begin his professional career as a capital finance graduate with HSBC in New York.