(Carlisle, Pa.) – Dickinson College announced the winners of the Lloyd W. Hughes Senior Scholar Athlete Award over graduation weekend, presenting the honor to women's tennis player Joana Nunes (Carcavelos, Portugal/St. Julian's School) and men's lacrosse player Chase Phillips (Charlottesville, Va./Monticello).
Lloyd W. Hughes was a 1934 graduate of Dickinson College. He was an outstanding student-athlete who embraced the pursuit of education in the classroom and success of competition on the playing field. A three-sport athlete in football, basketball and baseball, Hughes twice received the Phi Epsilon award as the most valuable player on the basketball team. In 1974, he became the 16th member inducted into the Dickinson Athletic Hall of Fame. Following graduation, he went on to medical school and would serve as a physician and anesthesiologist at Prince Georges General Hospital, just outside of Baltimore.
Hughes was passionate about the importance of the balance between academics and athletics. He created this award to honor the most outstanding senior male and female student-athletes for their commitment and dedication to both aspects of their college experience. The award is presented annually to the male and female with the highest cumulative grade-point-average through their first seven semesters, and who have also made a significant contribution to their team.
Nunes was a four-year letter-winner and a team captain for the past two seasons. She earned back-to-back honors as an All-Centennial Conference selection in doubles as a junior and senior, both years earning the honor with classmate Madison Parks (Denton, Md./North Caroline). She also earned All-Conference honors in singles as a junior, and for the past two years received recognition as the Centennial Conference Women's Tennis Scholar Athlete of the Year. She graduates as a three-time selection to the Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll and was one of the 12 student-athletes inducted into the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society.
Phillips was a four-year letter-winner and three-year starting defensive midfielder on the men's lacrosse team. He was also inducted to the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society and was a two-time member of the Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll. An injury during his sophomore season prevented him from earning that recognition in 2015, despite meeting the academic standards that year as well.
He served as a team captain this spring, leading the Red Devils to a 12-4 overall record, a top-10 national ranking and the team's third Centennial Conference semifinal appearance in his four years at Dickinson. He was recognized by his teammates and coaches this spring with awards for Leadership and Commitment, and received the Unsung Hero Award.