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AKRON, Ohio – Scott Caldwell, a midfielder from the No. 3 University of Akron men's soccer team, has been selected as one of 10 finalists for the 2012 Senior CLASS award.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition.
On-line fan voting, which accounts for one-third of the total vote count, is open now. Fans can vote once per day at SeniorCLASSAward.com through Nov. 19. A combination of media, coaches and fan voting will determine the winner, which will be announced during the NCAA College Cup in Hoover, Ala., from Dec. 7-9.
As a two-year team captain and standout on-and-off the field of play, Caldwell has been the epitome of a complete student-athlete during his four-year career with the Zips.
While Akron fans may best remember him most for hitting the game-winning shot in the NCAA Championship match against Louisville in 2010, Caldwell, who was named to the Hermann Trophy Watch List in August, has been just as successful in the classroom and in the community during his time at UA.
The native of Braintree, Mass., was a First Team NSCAA Academic All-American last fall and is a two-time Academic All-Mid-American Conference honoree. Caldwell currently owns a near-perfect 3.937 cumulative GPA as an accounting major at UA.
Moreover, he is an active contributor in to the community, having volunteered at a number of youth soccer clinics in both the Akron area and near his hometown in Massachusetts.
Men's Soccer Finalists
Carlos Alvarez, Connecticut
Ashton Bennett, Coastal Carolina
Steven Birnbaum, California
Scott Caldwell, Akron
Anthony Hobbs, Florida International
Ryan Hollingshead, UCLA
Ryan McDuff, Brown
Dillon Powers, Notre Dame
Eric Schoenle, West Virginia
Kyle Zobeck, Valparaiso