Find a student-athlete who demonstrates achievement both on and off the court, in the classroom and in the community and we’ll raise you one Mikayla Pivec.
Pivec, who led the Oregon State women’s basketball team to another phenomenal season in Corvallis, wrapped up her four-year career in orange and black as the program’s leading rebounder; eighth in career scoring; fourth in career assists; a Senior CLASS Award First Team All-American; All-Pac-12; and WBCA, AP and USBWA All-American Honorable Mention.
Presenting this year’s award is her head coach, Scott Rueck:
This award is given to the student-athlete who demonstrates high achievement in the classroom, who is engaged in the everyday champion program and is also active in our local community. — Scott Rueck
The Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award, given to a student-athlete with great accomplishments in the classroom and in the community, is presented by @CoachRueck, Head @BeaverWBB Coach. pic.twitter.com/Pzn9THtlJE— The Beavs (@BeaverAthletics) May 18, 2020
The award defines exactly what Pivec has done throughout her four years in Corvallis, Oregon. Not just her accomplishments on the court, but Pivec held the highest GPA on the team while getting her degree in BioHealth Science.
Her drive to help the community was also just as impressive.
According to the Oregon State University Foundation, she decided to do her Honors College thesis project on the challenges homeless people encounter, looking at the resources they use and how they can better be adapted to serve the population. With support from SURE Science, she has been working with Human Development and Family Sciences Professor Kelly Chandler from the College of Public Health and Human Sciences.
SURE Science is a competitive program designed to support summer research opportunities for College of Science undergraduate students.
Mikayla decided to donate part of her SURE Science award to the homeless shelters in Corvallis.
“I was so lucky to have that opportunity – it’s my way of giving back for what was given to me,” said Pivec.
I am so thankful for Mik for all that she’s done for our program, our community, on and off the court. She’s in the career top-10 in several statistical categories at Oregon State and her successes are obviously well-documented. Even more amazing, is how she consistently found ways to make herself and our community better through all of her efforts. For that reason, Mik will go down as one of the greats to ever put on our uniform. Congrats Mik, thank you. I’m so proud of you. — Scott Rueck
The 5-foot-10 guard finished her career averaging 14.8 points and 9.3 rebounds per game and was selected No. 25 overall in the 2020 WNBA Draft by the Atlanta Dream.
This year's Male recipient of the award is Joel Walker of the Oregon State men's soccer team.
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