PROVIDENCE, R.I. - University of Notre Dame tennis standout Michael Moore and Rutgers University softball player Kaci Madden have been chosen as the winners of the 2012-13 American Eagle Outfitters Michael Tranghese Postgraduate Leadership Award, as chosen by the Big East Conference Academic Affairs Committee.
The awards are given to one male and one female student-athlete from a Big East-sponsored sport who have been admitted to a degree-granting or professional program for the following year and who have demonstrated leadership through excellence in academic credentials, athletic performance and depth of commitment to service within the institution or the community.
Moore and Madden will each receive a $5,000 scholarship, which may be applied to postgraduate study.
A senior from Glenview, Ill., Moore has a 3.829 grade-point average as a science-business major. He went 19-9 overall and 9-4 in dual matches for Notre Dame's tennis team, which won the Big East title and reached the NCAA Championship. He was named to the Big East All-Academic team in each of his first three seasons and has served as an undergraduate research assistant since May of 2011. Moore's extensive volunteer work includes serving as a fitness instructor at the Misericordia House of Mercy, a home for adults with mental and physical handicaps. He also has served as a tutor at the South Bend Juvenile Correction Facility. He has been accepted to postgraduate medicine programs at the University of Illinois and University of Indiana and is a candidate for Notre Dame's Monogram Club Scholarship.
Madden, a senior from Saratoga, N.Y., holds a 3.927 grade-point average as a biomedical engineering major at Rutgers. She is a four-year starter for the Scarlet Knight softball team and finished the 2013 season as the team leader in sacrifice bunts and putouts. She has earned Big East and National Fastpitch Coaches Association all-academic accolades in each of her first three seasons and is a member of four national honor societies. Madden has volunteered with the Wesley Health Care outpatient therapy program, assisting physical and occupational therapists, and with the Elijah's Promise soup kitchen. She has accepted an offer of admission to the biomechanical engineering doctoral program at the University of Texas and has been nominated for an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.
The award is named for Michael Tranghese, the Big East's first full-time employee who served as commissioner of the conference from 1990 to 2009.
The American Eagle Outfitters Michael Tranghese Postgraduate Leadership award is one of a number of scholarships presented by the Big East Conference and American Eagle Outfitters during the 2012-13 academic year. In addition to this award, which was introduced for the 2010-11 academic year, 30 student-athletes (one male and one female from each of the Big East's 15 member institutions) have been named as the winners of the American Eagle Outfitters Big East Institutional Scholar-Athlete Scholarships. The conference also names male and female American Eagle Outfitters Big East Basketball Scholar-Athletes of the Year and an American Eagle Outfitters Big East Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
American Eagle Outfitters Michael Tranghese Postgraduate Leadership Award
Tyler Davis, Notre Dame, Tennis
Amy Zhang, Rutgers, Tennis
Benjamin Forrest Rutgers Cross Country/Track & Field
Allison Schroeder Notre Dame Cross Country/Track & Field
Michael Moore Notre Dame Tennis
Kaci Madden Rutgers Softball