By Adam Samson/Sports Information Director
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Stephens College junior Dana Heggemann of Warrenton, Mo., has been named the female recipient of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics’ (NAIA) prestigious Emil S. Liston Scholarship Award.
Announced Monday as a part of the NAIA’s first National Awards Day, Heggemann was chosen from a pool of 23 Emil S. Liston award winners at the conference level. She is the first Star and AMC student-athlete to receive the prestigious NAIA honor.
The award, given annually by the NAIA and Daktronics, recognizes one male and one female basketball player based on scholarship, character and playing ability. Since 1950, the award has honored the memory of the NAIA’s first executive director Emil S. Liston.
“Dana is an athlete who sets the bar high for athletic and scholastic achievement at Stephens College,” Director of Athletics Deb Duren said. “She’s a wonderful leader on and off the basketball court who is very deserving of the Emil S. Liston Scholarship Award.”
As a junior, Heggemann carries a cumulative 3.88 grade point average in a very demanding biology program at the College. She is a two-time AMC Academic All-Conference honoree and an active member of the Stephens community.
On the court, she has proved her versatile skill set, constantly switching between guard and post play. Last season as a sophomore and co-captain, she started every game and led the Stars in free throws made, rebounds, blocks and assists. She earned AMC Player of the Week honors on Dec. 2 after scoring a career-high 21 points against Missouri Valley College. On two occasions, Heggemann was one assist shy of a rare triple-double performance.
In 2013-14, she served as a resident assistant for a select group of Honors House Plan students. With her leadership and experience, she was selected to be head resident/resident director of an entire hall for 2014-15. As an officer in the Tri Beta biological honor society, she gained the respect of her peers and was elected to the role of president for the upcoming academic year.
“She wears many hats on campus, but first and foremost, she puts her role as a student first,” said Alissa Pei, director of residence life. “In my time working with her, she’s shown great leadership, initiative and intuition when dealing with matters in the residence halls. Her ability to be a high-achieving student, committed athlete and an involved Stephens woman has set Dana apart from most of her peers.”
Heggemann, along with the NAIA's male winner, Trae Bergh of Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.), was selected by the NAIA Council of Faculty Athletics Representatives from a field that included nominees from numerous NAIA member institutions. Each recipient will receive a $1,000 scholarship award from Daktronics. She has also been invited to a formal awards ceremony on April 13, 2015, during the NAIA National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.
The NAIA video presentation and full list of award winners can be found here.
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