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2020 Alumna Nia Akins Receives NCAA’s Today’s Top 10 Award

Nia Akins, a 2020 Penn Nursing graduate who enjoyed a standout career with the Quakers’ women’s cross country and track & field programs, continues to make history several months after her graduation. On Jan. 6, she was announced as one of 10 recipients for the NCAA’s prestigious Today’s Top 10 Award.

Akins is the first Penn student-athlete and just the 12th Ivy Leaguer to be honored since the award started being given annually in 1973.

“There is a lot of pride in being a student-athlete at Penn, because we know we are a member of one of the best academic institutions as well as an NCAA Division 1 athlete,” says Akins. “It is always nice to be acknowledged for my hard work, but to receive this NCAA Today’s Top 10 Award and represent this class of amazing student-athletes speaks more to the potential of this group at large and what an environment full of opportunities can do for you if you choose to take them.”

Read the full article at Penn Athletics.