MCC trio honored with SUNY Scholar Athlete award

ALBANY - State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher today announced 78 recipients of the 2015-16 Scholar Athlete Award, which recognizes outstanding academic excellence and athletic achievement.

Three Monroe Community College student-athletes - Zoe Hendricks (women's lacrosse), Ilya Shinkeyev (men's swimming and diving), and Tamara Miler (women's swimming and diving) - were among the winners.

"Recipients of this award are honored for high achievement in and out of the classroom, accomplishment marked by hard work, dedication, and discipline,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. "Congratulations to each of this year’s SUNY scholar athletes, and thank you to the many faculty, coaches, and staff across SUNY who mentor and support them."

In order to be considered for this award, student-athletes were nominated by their campus athletic director. Nominees’ academic credentials and athletic accomplishments were then reviewed by a panel of athletic directors from across the SUNY system and members of the SUNY provost’s office. 

SUNY campuses host more than 85 NCAA Division I teams, 290 NCAA Division III teams, 385 NJCAA teams, and hundreds of non-competitive clubs.

All three MCC athletes helped lead their respective teams to Region III championships in 2016.