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Scholar Baller Program and NCAS Announced 2015 Academic Momentum Awards
Sept. 1, 2016

Villanova, Pa. -

The Scholar Baller program and the National Consortium for Academics and Sports (NCAS), announced the recipients of the 2015 Academic Momentum Award, two were Villanova student-athletes.


“Top nominations were categorized into three teams based on each student-athlete’s academic improvement and the impact each student-athlete’s academic performance had on his or her classmates, teammates, academic advisors, and professors.”


Five year women’s basketball star, Kavunaa Edwards, received the First Team Academic Momentum Award. She was captain of her last season, and is currently near the completion of her Master of Arts in Education.  Edwards earned her Bachelor’s Degree of Arts in Communication in December 2015. As a forward in the 2015-16 season, Edwards played in all 32 games for the Wildcats, averaging 13.1 minutes per game.  She had the third highest free throw average on the team and 4.4 rebounds per game. In almost every game, she led the team in rebounds, when she wanted a rebound, there was no stopping her. 


The Second Team Academic Momentum Award, was awarded to the rising fifth year student-athlete, Shayne Jones, who is currently gearing up for a successful football season. Jones graduated with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Economics, as well as Communication.  He is currently enrolled in the Masters of Business Administration, here, at Villanova University. Last season, Jones played in ten games, and had a total of 12 tackles as a defensive back for the Wildcats.   He made a season-high six total tackles to go with a tackle for a loss over Delaware.  He also tallied one assisted tackle against Richmond and one assisted stop at James Madison.




Allison Venella, the Director of Student-Athlete Development, and Jenn Brophy, the Director of Academic Support, both co-submitted and nominated, the two outstanding student-athletes, Edwards and Jones. They felt both student-athletes achieved the highest standards of significant academic improvement throughout their college career.


“Established in 1985, the overall mission of the NCAS is ‘to create a better society by focusing on education attainment and using the power appeal of sport to positively affect social change.’”