Spotlight: Superlative Scholars: 49ers Excel Athletically, Academically

Spotlight: Superlative Scholars: 49ers Excel Athletically, Academically

Date Published:
Friday, July 15, 2011

UNC Charlotte student-athletes compete confidently not only on the courts and fields but in the classroom, too.

For Darius Law and Megan Minnix, their academic excellence has garnered new acclaim as the 2011 Atlantic 10 Conference Male and Female Scholar-Athletes of the Year.

Law, a 26-time Atlantic 10 champion in track and field, has maintained a perfect 4.0 grade point average as a business management major. He helped the 49ers to five Atlantic 10 Championship crowns and has earned a number of additional honors, including the league’s Most Outstanding Performer and Rookie of the Year. A native of Raleigh, Law also has spearheaded a number of community service projects benefiting Samaritan’s Feet, Toys for Tots, and others. His tireless contributions were recognized with the 2011 Nish Jamgotch Humanitarian Student Award, presented to an undergraduate who has demonstrated achievement and notable work in the humanitarian field.

Soccer star Megan Minnix from Columbus, Ohio, is a three-time all-conference defender who helped propel the Charlotte 49ers to three Atlantic 10 regular season titles, two A-10 championships and a pair of trips to the NCAA tournament. She recently wrapped up her UNC Charlotte career ranked first in games played, games started and minutes played.

With this year’s selection of Law and Minnix as A-10 Scholar-Athletes of the Year, UNC Charlotte becomes the first institution to claim both the male and female citations in consecutive years.

Off the field, Minnix, a marketing major, achieved a 3.9 GPA. Her academic excellence earned a number of A-10 accolades, including the 2010 A-10 Women’s Soccer Student-Athlete of the Year. She also was named to 2010 NSCAA Scholar All-America second team.

With this year’s selection of Law and Minnix as A-10 Scholar-Athletes of the Year, UNC Charlotte becomes the first institution to claim both the male and female citations in consecutive years. Last year, golfer Corey Nagy and soccer standout Hailey Beam were honored. In UNC Charlotte’s six years in the Atlantic 10, the 49ers have won seven of the possible 12 awards – no other league member has won more than two during the same period.