Presbyterian College midfielder and Conyers native Emily Boggus was awarded the Big South Conference's George A. Christenberry Award for Academic Excellence.
The award is given to the male and female student-athletes who attain the highest GPA during their respective college careers. Boggus became the second Blue Hose student-athlete to win the award. A league-record seven student-athletes won the award.
"It's a huge honor. I was very surprised when our athletic director called and told me about it. Just because the student-athletes that win it, it's for the entire Big South Conference, not just for soccer," Boggus said. "I really have to thank my coaches, my professors and my family who have really helped me along the way and supported me throughout these past four years."
The former Salem High School standout posted a 4.00 for her career while majoring in psychology.
Boggus adds the Christenberry Award to her list of accomplishments. She earned the Capital One/CoSIDA All-District honors in 2012. She was also selected to the Women's Soccer All-Academic Team and Big South Conference Presidential Honor Roll for three years straight. Boggus earned PC's Female Scholar Athlete of the Year award in early April.
"I think that environment has really stimulated my growth and I feel like I'm a very motivated person," Boggus said.
Boggus said she never really sets out to win awards; she just tries her best in anything she does.
"I have a huge support system with my family and they really encouraged me to try my best in anything that I do. They really encourage me and support me in school and soccer," Boggus said. Boggus cited her parents and older siblings as great role models. She said they all share the same mindset.
Bogus graduated from PC on May 10 with a degree in psychology. She will be attending Georgia Regents University in Augusta in the fall, as she was accepted into its nursing program.
"I knew that I've always wanted to do something career-wise to help people, so I think I've always been kind of motivated to do well academically so later on I would be prepared," Boggus said.
The midfielder played in 70 matches for PC and logged 5,026 minutes over her four years. Both stand as the fourth-most in PC Division I history.