COLUMBUS, Ohio – Grace Thomas, a member of the women’s cross country and track and field teams, was the recipient of the Pierce Phoenix Award, which is given to a student-athlete who has excelled in academics, athletics and personal growth attained through perseverance and hard work. The award is to be used to attend graduate or professional school at Ohio State, with preference given to someone who intends to enroll in the Fisher College of Business.
Thomas joined Selina Vickery of the women’s soccer team as recipients of the M/I Homes Foundation Award, which has been presented annually since 1976. The award was one of the first designed specifically to recognize and promote women’s achievements in intercollegiate athletics at Ohio State. It provides an outstanding female scholar-athlete $5,000 for postgraduate studies at Ohio State. The award is based on demonstrated athletic and academic success as well as community contributions through involvement in civic or university organizations.
Thomas, who competed in every regular season cross country meet for the Buckeyes, is a eight-time Academic All-Big Ten recipient, eight-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar as well as an eight-time OSU Scholar Athlete. She finished her undergrad with a 3.40 GPA and earned her degree early May in Health Promotion, Nutrition and Exercise Sciences. Thomas is a two0time cross country varsity letter winner and a part of the two-time women’s Big Ten Championship team.