Former Husker fullback Dane Todd continued to gain recognition for his academic excellence this week, as he was awarded the Walter Byers Scholarship, the NCAA's highest academic honor. Todd was selected as the men's recipient of the award, while Katie Kingsbury (women's tennis) of Washington & Lee University was selected among the women.
The Walter Byers
Scholarships were established in 1988 and recognizes the contributions of former
NCAA Executive Director Walter Byers. The awards encourage academic achievement
of student-athletes and each Byers Scholar receives a $21,500 scholarship.
Winners have the option of renewing the scholarship for a second year based on
his or her academic standing.
Todd, who graduated from Nebraska with a degree in
biological sciences last December with a perfect 4.0 grade-point average,
finished his career with the Huskers in 2006. During his time at NU, Todd was a
first-team All-Big 12 Conference selection for his work on the field, while
adding multiple awards for his academic excellence. Todd is a CoSIDA first-team
Academic All-American, a four-time member of the Brook Berringer Citizenship
Team and a Wuerffel Award finalist. He was also recently honored as the Nebraska
Male Student-Athlete of the Year and looks to continue his academic excellence
in the fall as he attend the University of Nebraska Medical Center to begin
working on his medical degree.
Todd's superior performance extends
to his community involvement, where he has volunteered his time with American
Education Week, "School is Cool" Week, the Dads of Kids with Disabilities, the
UNL Shadowing Program, and numerous hospital visits and speaking engagements.
Todd has been a representative on the Nebraska Student-Athlete Advisory
Committee each of the past three years and is also a Big 12 Community
Todd beat out
two other male finalists for the award, including Stephen Hrinda, cross country,
track and field, Case Western Reserve University and Patrick Huffer, soccer, Williams College.