Feb. 12, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Senior golfer Michael Kania (Haverford, Pa.) has been named Villanova's 2012-13 American Eagle Outfitters Male Institutional Scholar-Athlete Scholarship award winner, as announced by the BIG EAST Conference on Tuesday afternoon. As an institutional award winner, Kania is the recipient of a $2,000 scholarship that may be applied towards graduate studies.
Kania, a senior co-captain of the golf team, has had a breakout year on the course, in the classroom and in the community. He was most recently named the BIG EAST Men's Golf Player of the Month in October of 2012 and recorded the second individual championship of his career at the Lehigh Invitational, carding rounds of 68-75--143 (-1 ) in Fall 2012. He continued to have a breakout Fall campaign finishing tied for second place overall and first on the team at the CHAMPS/Patriot Intercollegiate and tied for third place overall at the Adams Cup of Newport. Overall, he's averaged a 72.46 through 13 rounds for the 2012-13 season.
As standout in the classroom, Kania maintains a 3.53 cumulative GPA as a communications major and serves as the President of Villanova's Student Athlete Advisory Committee.
Notre Dame soccer standout Grant Van De Casteele was named the overall BIG EAST Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
The American Eagle Outfitters BIG EAST Scholar-Athlete of the Year award is one of a number of scholarships presented by the BIG EAST Conference and American Eagle Outfitters during the 2012-13 academic year. Thirty student-athletes (one male and one female from each of the BIG EAST's 15 member institutions) will be named as the winners of the American Eagle Outfitters BIG EAST Institutional Scholar-Athlete Scholarships. The conference also names male and female American Eagle Outfitters BIG EAST Basketball Scholar-Athletes of the Year and an American Eagle Outfitters BIG EAST Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
2012-13 American Eagle Outfitters BIG EAST Institutional Male Scholar-Athlete Awards School Name Sport(s) Major Cincinnati Chase Beckman Track & Field Finance Connecticut Kevin Smith Track & Field Doctor of Physical Therapy DePaul John Pavelko Golf Public Relations/Advertising Georgetown Benjamin Furcht Cross Country/Track & Field Mathematics Marquette Kyle Winter Track & Field Finance & Marketing Notre Dame Grant Van De Casteele Soccer Finance Pittsburgh Adam Maczewski Swimming & Diving Information Science Providence Wilder Arboleda Soccer Political Science Rutgers Jeff Melillo Baseball Finance St. John's Sean Hagan Baseball M.S., Accounting Seton Hall Jon Prosinski Baseball Accounting USF Luke Sager Football M.S., Entrepreneurship in Applied Technologies Syracuse Ryan Nassib Football M.S., Accounting Villanova Michael Kanla Golf Communication
American Eagle Outfitters BIG EAST Male Scholar-Athletes Of The Year Year Name, School, Sport 1985 Joey David, Pittsburgh, Basketball 1986 John Prior, Connecticut, Track & Field 1987 Harold Jensen, Villanova, Basketball 1988 Dave Echeverria, Villanova, Swimming & Diving 1989 Chris Craft, Villanova, Swimming & Diving 1990 Pat O'Kelly, Seton Hall, Soccer 1991 David Honor, St. John's, Baseball 1992 Steve Holman, Georgetown, Track & Field 1993 Hector Zamora, Seton Hall, Soccer 1994 Sebastien Goulet, Swimming, Syracuse 1995 Kevin Lyles, Seton Hall, Track & Field 1996 Gil Kovalski, Miami, Tennis 1997 Christian Fogarazzo, St. John's, Track & Field 1998 Errol Williams, Notre Dame, Track & Field 1999 Angelo Ciminiello, Providence, Baseball 2000 Scott VanEpps, Pittsburgh, Swimming & Diving 2001 Chris Hamblin, Boston College, Soccer 2002 Gregory Strohmann, Seton Hall, Soccer 2003 Casey Schmidt, Boston College, Soccer 2004 Chris Wingert, St. John's, Soccer 2005 Guy Melamed, Boston College, Soccer 2006 Trevor O'Grady, Rutgers, Track & Field 2007 Drew Eckman, Villanova, Track & Field 2008 Jeremy Stultz, Pittsburgh, Swimming & Diving 2009 Zak Boggs, USF, Soccer 2010 Francisco Aristeguieta, USF, Soccer 2011 Brian Karalunas, Villanova, Lacrosse 2012 Eric Finan, Cincinnati, Cross Country/Track & Field 2013 Grant Van De Casteele, Notre Dame, Soccer