KUTZTOWN, Pa. – Senior Hannah Shirk of the nationally-ranked Kutztown University field hockey team has been a standout in the classroom, and her hard work was recognized as Shirk earned the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Field Hockey Champion Scholar, announced by the league office last Friday, Nov. 8, prior to Kutztown’s semifinal at West Chester University.
Shirk is the first Golden Bear to earn the award in the sport.
The PSAC Champion Scholar Awards are modeled after the NCAA’s Elite 90 award and honor the student-athlete with the top-grade point average who is competing at the site of each of the PSAC’s finals sites. The selection criteria for the Champion Scholar Awards is identical to that of the NCAA Elite 90 awards, which honor the student-athlete with the top GPA at each of the championship finals sites of the 90 NCAA championships across all three divisions – I, II, and III.
Shirk is a three-year member of the Golden Bears and a two-year captain after transferring from Slippery Rock following her freshman year. She has played in 57 games, making 18 starts at both defense and midfield during her time in Maroon and Gold. She has recorded two career assists. Shirk is a member of the Dean’s List, the NFHCA National Academic Squad and is a PSAC Scholar-Athlete.
The Hamburg, Pa., native and Hamburg product has accumulated 100 credits towards her education degree and boasts a flawless 4.0 grade point average.