September 2017 Student Spotlights

Created in 2017, the Student Spotlight award is presented to a group of students that are excelling both in the classroom and on the field of play. The Morgan Academic Center would like to congratulate these students each month on their hard work, dedication, and success and thank them for their continued efforts throughout their journey as a Penn State student-athlete.

In September 2017,  4 students on the Men’s Soccer, Women’s Soccer, Field Hockey, and Football teams were recognized


Sam Bollinger

Men’s Soccer

Sam has been competitive on the field and in the classroom. He is not only a Chemistry major with a Biology minor but also a Schreyer Honors College Scholar. He has received Academic All-Big Ten honors in 2015 and 2016. He was a 2016 Big Ten Distinguished Scholar. Sam is slated to graduate from Penn State in December.


Shay Cannon

Field Hockey

Shay Cannon is a senior majoring in Biobehavioral Health.  She is also working on a Global Health minor and spent the summer abroad gaining valuable fieldwork experience.  Shay has been named to the NFHCA National Academic Squad in 2014, 2015 and 2016, which recognizes student-athletes who maintain a 3.30 or higher GPA.  Shay and her teammates won the Big Ten Championship last year and have started the year at 2-0 after the first weekend of competition.


Megan Schafer

Women’s Soccer

Megan is a senior on the Penn State Women’s Soccer team. She is majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Megan will graduate in Spring 2018 with plans to attend graduate school to focus on Speech Pathology with children. All while being co-captain of the soccer team, Megan danced in THON 2017, was named to the Mac Hermann Trophy watch list, Big Ten Distinguished Scholar 2015 & 16, Academic All-Big Ten 2015 & 16 and All-Big Ten Third Team honoree in 2016.


Brandon Smith


Brandon is a member of the Penn State Football Team. Brandon graduated in December with a degree in Kinesiology and is working on a second degree in Health Policy & Administration. He would like to pursue a career as a pediatric oncologist. In 2016, Brandon was named CoSIDA Academic All-District, was a finalist for the Pop Warner Award, was selected as a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and named Academic All-Big Ten. His nominator also mentioned, he consistently earned Dean’s list throughout his career at Penn State and a perfect 4.0 GPA in the Spring 2017 and Summer 2017 semesters.