Monday, October 14, 2013GREENVILLE, Pa. - Westminster College senior Dave Wright (Solon, Ohio/Solon) was named the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Male Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Scholar-Athlete of the Month for September 2013.
Each month the SAAC at each PAC member institution is asked to nominate one male and one female student-athlete for PAC SAAC Scholar-Athlete of the Month consideration based on academic and athletic accomplishments. Honorees must be a varsity member in their respective sport(s) and in their junior or senior year. Scholar-Athlete of the Month nominees must also have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher and be actively involved within his or her campus community.
Wright, a four-year member of Westminster's football program, was named an All-PAC honorable mention selection after the 2011 season. He suffered a season-ending injury during the 2012 football season and received a medical hardship waiver for that season.
In July, he was named one of 151 nominees for the 2013 Allstate American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Good Works Team®, which recognizes a select group of collegiate football players who have made a commitment to enriching the lives of others while contributing to the greater good of their communities.
In the community Wright is active with local Habitat for Humanity, Adopt-a-Highway and Special Olympics organizations, assisting with the Mahoning Valley (Ohio) Habitat for Humanity and working with the Adopt-a-Highway program in the New Wilmington area. Wright and his Titan teammates regularly play bingo with residents of a local retirement home, volunteer at numerous youth sports camps, bowl with Lawrence County Special Olympic athletes and volunteer at a New Wilmington area soup kitchen. Wright and his teammates also assist first-year students moving into their on-campus residences during their preseason training camp.
Wright also participates as a member of Westminster's outdoor track and field program, winners of the last three league titles. He earned All-PAC honorable mention honors in the shot put with a third-place finish at the 2012 PAC Championships and finished fifth at last season's conference championships.
A business administration major, Wright currently carries a 3.77 grade-point average. He is also a five-time PAC Academic Honor Roll recipient. He received the Outstanding Male Senior Scholar-Athlete Award at Westminster's WESPYs last spring for having the highest cumulative grade-point average of all Westminster senior male student-athletes.
***Release courtesy of the Presidents' Athletic Conference
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Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster is a top-tier liberal arts college and a national leader in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 378 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.
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