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Seven GW Student-Athletes Honored Among University’s Top Scholars

Women's tennis senior Lana Robins receives her Distinguished Scholar certificate.
April 22, 2016 WASHINGTON – Seven GW student-athletes were recognized as Outstanding Academic Achievement Award recipients and Distinguished Scholars at the university’s annual Outstanding Academic Achievement Awards dinner on Tuesday evening.

Women’s tennis senior Lana Robins was selected as the Elliott School of International Affairs’ Distinguished Scholar, while sailing sophomore Taylor Brimberg, volleyball junior Maddie Brown, women’s tennis sophomore Marie-Louise Decamps, sailing junior Colin Kennedy, women’s rowing senior Jen Nichols and men’s cross country/track sophomore Chris Shaffer were honored with the Outstanding Academic Achievement Award from their respective schools.

Nichols and Robins each earned Outstanding Academic Achievement Awards as a sophomore and junior, as well.

An international affairs major with a 3.94 grade-point average, including three semesters with a perfect 4.0 GPA, Robins has appeared on both the Atlantic 10 Commissioner’s Honor Roll and GW Athletics Academic Dean’s List in each semester of her career while also earning Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Scholar-Athlete recognition from 2013-15. The senior from Bellevue, Washington, has twice landed on the A-10 All-Academic Team.

A sophomore majoring in computer science and finance in the School of Business, Brimberg holds a 3.96 cumulative GPA. The Greenwich, Connecticut, native has been named to the GW Athletics Academic Dean’s List every semester since arriving at GW and garnered a perfect 4.0 in the fall of 2014.

An exercise science major in the Milken Institute of Public Health, Brown boasts a 3.94 GPA. The junior from Cary, North Carolina, was named to the Atlantic 10 Commissioner’s Honor Roll and GW’s Athletics Academic Dean’s List in her first semester at GW after transferring from N.C. State.

Decamps boasts a 3.97 GPA as an economics and mathematics double-major in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences. She posted a 4.0 in both the Spring 2015 and Fall 2015 semesters and has earned a spot on the A-10 Commissioner’s Honor Roll and GW Athletics Academic Dean’s List in each of her three semesters as a Colonial. The sophomore from Sao Paulo, Brazil, was also honored as an ITA Scholar-Athlete in 2015.

Kennedy, who is majoring in mechanical engineering in the School of Engineering and Applied Science, carries a 3.94 cumulative GPA. The junior from East Williston, New York, has been named to the GW Athletics Academic Dean’s List in each of his five completed semesters, including a perfect 4.0 in Fall 2013 and Spring 2015.

A psychology major in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences with a 3.98 cumulative grade-point average, Nichols has posted a perfect 4.0 GPA in six of her seven semesters at GW. The senior from West Simsbury, Connecticut, was also a 2015 Atlantic 10 Academic All-Conference selection and has been named to both the Atlantic 10 Commissioner’s Honor Roll and GW Athletics Academic Dean’s List seven times.

A sophomore systems engineering major with a 3.95 GPA in the School of Engineering and Applied Science, Shaffer boasted a perfect 4.0 grade-point average in both the spring and fall of 2015. The Satellite Beach, Florida, native has also been named to both the Atlantic 10 Commissioner’s Honor Roll and the GW Athletics Academic Dean’s List all three semesters.

Each year, the George Washington University recognizes dedication to excellence in learning by honoring the top two percent by GPA of sophomores, juniors and seniors who have distinguished themselves inside and outside the classroom with Outstanding Academic Achievement Awards. Additionally, each school with undergraduate students presents a Distinguished Scholar.

A total of 222 sophomores, juniors and seniors with a GPA of 3.94 or higher were recognized in 2016.

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