PROVIDENCE, R.I. --
Commissioner Mike Aresco has announced that former ECU tennis player Austin Allen and former Cincinnati swimmer Enna Selmanovic have been chosen as the winners of the Commissioner’s Postgraduate Leadership Awards by the American Athletic Conference faculty athletics representatives.
The awards are given to one male and one female student-athlete from an American Athletic Conference-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.
Allen and Selmanovic will each receive a $5,000 scholarship, which may be applied to postgraduate study.
Allen, who is from Asheboro, North Carolina, earned a 4.00 grade-point average as a biochemistry major and was named to the Chancellor’s List in all eight semesters as an undergraduate. He went 3-0 in singles and 9-4 in doubles play in 2019 dual matches, helping the Pirates to a 14-7 record. A three-year letterwinner, Allen went 11-0 in dual matches and 23-8 in all matches in his career.
Allen served as president of ECU’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee in each of the last two years and as director of community service in the 2016-17 academic year. He was one of four students chosen in 2018 for the East Carolina Heart Institute internship program and was the winner of ECU’s Chemistry Undergraduate Research Experience Award and the Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Award as well as the Robert H. Wright Alumni Leadership Award. He will be furthering his studies at the University of North Carolina Medical School.
Allen is the third ECU student-athlete to receive a Commissioner’s Postgraduate Leadership Award. Swimmer Julien Dodu won in 2016 and swimmer Vendela Norman was a 2018 winner.
Selmanovic, a native of Mississauga, Ontario, earned a 3.64 grade-point average as an undergraduate with a degree in biological science. She has been a leading voice on behalf of student-athlete wellness through her role as The American’s NCAA SAAC representative and as vice-chair of that group. She served on the NCAA Committee on Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports, has been a panelist at the NCAA Mental Health Forum, the NCAA Inclusion Forum, and was a presenter on traumatic brain injuries at The American’s Academic Consortium Symposium. She was instrumental in the establishment of The American’s Pow6rful Minds campaign, which is designed to improve awareness for mental health issues facing student-athletes.
Selmanovic, who saw her competitive swimming career cut short due to injury, remained active as a team manager while she completed her undergraduate studies. She becomes the second Cincinnati student to earn a Commissioner’s Postgraduate Leadership Award, joining track and field standout Juliana Madzia, who won in 2017. Selmanovic plans to attend medical school.
2019 American Athletic Conference Commissioner’s Postgraduate Leadership Awards
Austin Allen, ECU (Tennis)
Enna Selmanovic, Cincinnati (Swimming and Diving)