Ohio State senior Zach Mason was named one of 10 finalists for the Senior CLASS Award as announced on Monday.
Mason is a three-time OSU Scholar-Athlete, a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree, a two-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and an NSCAA All-East Scholar. On top of tremendous academics, the two-time captain of the Buckeyes has been an active member of the community, assisting with Race for Cure, Kids Kicking Cancer, Meals on Wheels and Habitat for Humanity.
To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition. The complete list of finalists follows this release.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
The finalists were chosen by a media committee from the list of 30 men’s candidates and 30 women’s candidates announced in September. Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to help select the winner. Fans are encouraged to vote on the Senior CLASS Award website through November 23. Fan votes will be combined with media and Division I head coaches’ votes to determine the winner. The Senior CLASS Award winners will be announced during the 2015 NCAA Men’s and Women’s College Cup® championships in December.