Published Monday, April 15, 2013 AT 1:58 PM / Updated at 4:17 PM
Duke Awards go to NU’s Fisher, White
Rich Kaipust Omaha World-Herald

Nebraska student-athletes Sean Fisher and Katelyn White have been picked for the 2013 Wayne Duke Postgraduate Award, one of the highest honors bestowed by the Big Ten Conference for achievements in academics, athletics, extracurricular activities and leadership.

A $10,000 scholarship is awarded to each winner, chosen by the Indianapolis Big Ten Community Partnership and initiated in 2008. It is the first time in six years that the Duke Awards have gone to men and women from the same Big Ten school.

The Wayne Duke Postgraduate Award is named for the former Big Ten commissioner, who served from 1971 to 1989.

Fisher is a former Husker football player who has maintained a 4.0 grade average throughout his NU career. The linebacker from Millard North is set to graduate next month as a business administration major.

Fisher also is a second-team Academic All-American who is in the process of interviewing for med school.

White is a former NU track and cross country runner. Also with a 4.0 grade average, she is completing her degree in nutrition science and intends to continue her education to become a physical therapist.

White and Fisher will be honored during the 42nd Big Ten football kickoff luncheon on July 25 in Chicago.

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