Each year, the Big Ten Conference awards the Big Ten Medal of Honor to the most outstanding male and female senior student-athlete on each B1G campus. Anjali Fernandes is one of four women’s finalists for the 2020 award.
Fernandes, a Perrysburg, Ohio, native, is a four-time Ohio State Scholar Athlete, a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree and a 2019 Big Ten Distinguished Scholar. As the coxswain for the Buckeyes’ 1V8, she helped the boat to a second-place finish at the 2019 Big Ten Championships and a sixth-place finish at the 2019 NCAA Championships.
In addition to several Big Ten and Ohio State academic awards, she also was named a 2019 Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Scholar Athlete and her efforts on the water earned her CRCA Pocock Second Team All-America recognition.
The Big Ten Medal of Honor was first awarded in 1915 to one student-athlete from the graduating class of each university who had “attained the greatest proficiency in athletics and scholastic work.” Big Ten schools currently feature almost 9,500 student-athletes, but only 28 earn this prestigious award on an annual basis. In the 100-plus years of the Medal of Honor, almost 1,400 student-athletes have earned this distinction.