April 30, 2014
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Two University of Connecticut student-athletes were honored by the American Athletic Conference this spring for outstanding athletic and academic performances throughout the year. Senior men's track and field standout Jesse Chapman was named a winner of the 2013-14 American Athletic Conference Institutional Men's Scholar-Athlete Scholarship, while senior rower Julia Roth was selected as a winner of the 2013-14 American Athletic Conference Institutional Women's Scholar-Athlete Scholarship, as announced by the conference's Academic Affairs Committee.
Each institutional winner will receive $2,000 toward graduate studies. Faculty Athletic Representatives at each American Athletic Conference institution, in consultation with the Director of Athletics and appropriate athletic academic advisors, annually nominate one male and female candidate for an Institutional Scholar-Athlete Scholarship.
All nominees must have maintained both excellent academic credentials (minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.00) and outstanding athletic performance; must have competed in an American Athletic Conference-sponsored sport; and must have attained a minimum of senior standing, as determined by the respective institution.
Chapman, who helped lead the Huskies to their 13th BIG EAST Championship in 2013, has been crucial in UConn's successful transition in to The American, The East Thetford, Vt. native won the 2013 BIG EAST Decathlon title last season and captured 20th place in the decathlon (7,054 points) at the NCAA Championships to earn an All-America Honorable Mention.
In 2014, Chapman's stellar season was highlighted by a third place finish in the shot put at the annual Dog Fight on April 6 and a fifth place finish at the Bulldog Decathlon in Athens, Ga. on April 10-11.
A three-time conference All-Academic team member, Chapman spent 300 hours volunteering in UConn's Kinesiology lab, assisting with blood processing for ongoing faculty research studies.
Roth, a 2013 All-BIG EAST First Team member, helped propel UConn to a second place finish last weekend at Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, Mass. She was named to the 2013 New England All-Region Second team by Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) following an impressive 2013 campaign.
The Weston, Conn. native has been named to the conference's All-Academic team on three occasions and is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Roth serves as a volunteer at the VA Medical Center in West Haven, Conn. and also volunteers at the Gillespie Homeless Shelter in Westport, Conn.