We are incredibly proud to celebrate our students’ academic and athletic successes. Quakers demonstrate hard work, dedication and leadership on and off the field, court, track and pool. During the 2020-21 academic year, there were 33 Academic All-Ivy Honorees. 

Among our senior student-athletes, we are honored to recognize those that received special recognition through winning the major senior student-athlete awards. 

 

2020-21 Senior Student-Athlete Award Recipients
 

CLASS OF 1915 AWARD
Presented annually since 1931, the Class of 1915 Award is given to the male student-athlete who best exemplifies the spirit and tradition of University of Pennsylvania Athletics. The recipient must be a senior student-athlete who shows outstanding athletic, academic, and leadership qualities. The academic standard is a 3.0 GPA. Voting on the award is conducted by the head coaches of Penn's varsity men's programs. Douglas made history as just the second men's squash player to be voted the Class of 1915 Award recipient; the first was Clay Hamlin, a squash/tennis player who was the recipient in 1967.

Andrew Douglas, men's squash
Andrew's senior season was wiped out completely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but his first three years were historic in nature. He is the first player in Penn history to earn first-team All-America honors from the College Squash Association (CSA) three times, and he was a unanimous first-team All-Ivy selection by the Ancient Eight coaches his sophomore and junior years as well as a first-team All-Ivy pick as a freshman. A team captain as a junior, Andrew has played the No. 1 spot on Penn's ladder his entire career, compiling a 37-14 overall record and going 15-6 against Ivy competition. Andrew helped Penn finish third at the Potter Cup national championship as a sophomore, the program's best finish at the championships, then helped the Quakers better it his junior year when they made the final and finished as runner-up. He also helped the Red and Blue earned its first No. 1 ranking in the CSA's national poll during the 2018-19 season. The summer between his sophomore and junior years, Andrew represented the United States at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru and was the only college undergrad on Team USA's three-man team that won gold for the first time in history. Andrew is a CSA Scholar-Athlete and Academic All-Ivy recipient, as well as a member of the Pi Sigma Alpha honors society. As a junior, he was voted co-Performer of the Year in the men's at-large category in the Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area program. Andrew is a member of the Friars Senior Honor Society on campus. Andrew is a political science major in the College of Arts and Sciences, with a minor in journalistic writing.
 
ASSOCIATION OF ALUMNAE FATHERS' TROPHY
The Fathers' Trophy has been given annually since 1945 to the woman who is recognized for her contribution to Women's Athletics at the University of Pennsylvania. The recipient must be a senior student-athlete who shows outstanding athletic, academic, and leadership qualities. The academic standard is a 3.0 GPA. Voting on the award is conducted by the head coaches of Penn's varsity women's programs. Nwogwugwu is the second straight women's track & field athlete to be voted the Fathers' Trophy recipient and the ninth overall.

Uchechi Nwogwugwu, women's track & field
Like Andrew, Uchechi lost much of her college career to the COVID-19 pandemic—the 2020 outdoor season, the 2021 indoor season and much of the 2021 outdoor season. Prior to that, Uchechi was a two-time honorable mention All-America, in the outdoor 400 and as a member of Penn's 4x400 relay team at the 2019 NCAA Championships. That same year, she made history as a member of the Quakers' distance medley relay team as they became the first Ivy League women's relay team to win a Championship of America wheel at Penn Relays. Uchechi was a six-time Ivy Heptagonal Championships champion and a two-time second-team All-Ivy honoree, and the Penn women won five Ivy Heps team titles during her career. She holds the program records in the indoor and outdoor 400 and the indoor 500 and has been part of four record-holding relay teams. Uchechi is a three-time USTFCCCA All-Academic recipient and received Academic All-Ivy recognition last spring. She is active on campus, as well, serving as a research assistant at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and a library aide in the David Rittenhouse Lab. She also works with the West Philadelphia Tutoring Project and Camp Kesem, and volunteers with Young Quakers Community Athletics and Manna on Main Street. Uchechi is a health & societies major in the College of Arts and Sciences, with a minor in chemistry.
 
NORMAN J. GOLDRING PRIZE (male) AND GEORGE H. FRAZIER PRIZE
The Goldring Prize is given to one graduating male and one graduating female student-athlete with the highest GPA who earned a varsity letter in his/her senior year. The Frazier Prize, meanwhile, is given to a graduating student-athlete (male or female) with the highest GPA who competed on one of the following teams: basketball, crew, track, soccer, baseball or football.

Ben Padon, football
• The first football player to earn the Goldring Prize, which has been given annually since 2000
• The second football player to earn the Frazier Prize, which has been given annually since 2000
• Team did not compete his senior year due to the COVID-19 pandemic
• Appeared in all 10 games for Penn as a junior, playing on an offensive line that ranked second among Ivy League programs and 31st among FCS teams in sacks allowed per game
• Two-time Dean's List (Fr., So.) – Dean's List was not awarded in 2019-20 due to COVID-19 pandemic
• Neuroscience major in the School of Engineering and Applied Science
 
NORMAN J. GOLDRING PRIZE (female)
Jennifer Richards, women's tennis
• The second women's tennis player to earn the Goldring Prize, which has been given annually since 2000
• Competed in the Cissie Leary Invitational and four dual matches as a junior, before the season was shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic
• Played 16 singles and four doubles matches for the Quakers as a sophomore
• Played 13 singles and seven doubles matches for the Quakers as a freshman
• Phi Beta Kappa
• Two-time Dean's List (Fr., So.) – Dean's List was not awarded in 2019-20 due to COVID-19 pandemic
• Double major in criminology and psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences