Clarke University senior Tara Sargent, of DePere, Wis., has been named the recipient of the 2013 Midwest Collegiate Conference Dr. LeRoy Walker Champions of Character Award.
Sargent, a four-year member of Coach Chris Miron's volleyball squad, is now eligible for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Dr. LeRoy Walker Champions of Character Award, one of the most prestigious honors given by the NAIA. The award recognizes a student-athlete who excels in athletics and academics and is committed to the Champions of Character program's five core values of integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership.
The award is named after Dr. Walker, President emeritus of the United States Olympic Committee who served as president through the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games and former president of the NAIA.
At the time of her nomination, Sargent sported a 3.89 grade point average with a double major in mathematics and business.
Sargent has been active in numerous community and campus activities, and has been cited as a Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete. Since 2009, Sargent has logged over 100 community service hours with clubs and other organizations. She has served as Math Club president and Benchwarmers secretary since 2010. Since 2011, Sargent has served as Class of 2013 treasurer, Senior Manager (Resident Assistants Advisor), math tutor, volleyball team captain, and Iowa Performance club volleyball coach. She was a Bryant Elementary Spanish Club volunteer in 2010 and was a resident assistant in 2010-11.
Sargent has been a recipient of the Rose O'Toole Scholarship since 2009 and has received the Clarke Student Association Involvement Scholarship since 2011.
The national Dr. LeRoy Walker Champions of Character Award will be presented at the NAIA National Convention, scheduled for April 19-23 in Kansas City, Missouri.