April 30, 2013
AUBURN, Ala. -- One of the highlights of the conclusion of the academic year, the annual President's Awards luncheon is held each April at Auburn.
The President's Award is presented to one graduating student in each college/school for a given academic year to a graduate with a high grade-point average who possesses outstanding qualities of leadership, citizenship, character and promise of professional ability.
Of the 11 undergraduate winners of the President's Award, three of the recipients were Auburn student-athletes:
College of Agriculture - Ashton Richardson (football);
College of Education - Amy Howard (women's soccer);
College of Sciences and Mathematics - Kyle Owens (men's swimming);
Counting the three graduate school winners, a total of 14 students received the President's Award for 2012-13 from Auburn president Dr. Jay Gogue.
"Having Auburn student-athletes win three President's Award honors is really impressive when you consider only 11 of these awards are presented to undergraduate students from all colleges at Auburn University ever year," Director of Athletics Jay Jacobs said.
"Amy Howard, Kyle Owens and Ashton Richardson are remarkable scholars and athletes who epitomize the traits and values we seek to instill in all of our student-athletes.
"This prestigious award is a credit to their hard work most of all, but it is also a tribute to the professors, advisors, coaches and support staff who've helped them along the way."
Owens will graduate with a B.S. degree in pre-medicine (biomedical sciences) in May, 2013. A 12-time SEC champion in the backstroke and relays and a 15-time All-American, Owens was a 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials finalist. The 2012 SEC McWhorter Scholar-Athlete of the Year and a 2013 SEC Davis Community Service award finalist, he was a CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-American. The Johnson City, Tenn., native is the son of Charles and Heather Owens.
Howard will receive her B.S. degree in elementary education in May, 2013. A National Soccer Coaches Association of America Scholar All-America, member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll, nominee for a 2012-13 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, and finalist for the SEC's Davis Community Service Award, she was named to the SEC All-Tournament Team in both 2011 and 2012. Howard broke the career saves record at Auburn with 387 and ranks among the top five in SEC history in saves. A native of Mandeville, La., she is the daughter of Rick and Cheryl Howard.
Richardson graduated with a B.S. degree summa cum laude in animal science (pre-vet) in December, 2012. A finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship, the SEC McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Award and winner of the 2012 national Bobby Bowden Award from the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, he was a semifinalist for the 2012 William V. Campbell Trophy, recognizing the top football scholar-athlete in the country. He was the marshal of the fall 2012 graduating class of the Auburn University College of Agriculture, graduating with a 3.91 overall GPA. A member of Auburn's SEC and BCS Championship team in 2010, he was awarded a full athletic scholarship in 2011. A native of New Orleans, La., he is the son of Al and Trina Richardson.