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NU football player, diver honored with Duke Award
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Published: 3/2/2010 3:38 PM

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INDIANAPOLIS - Northwestern football player Mark Ison and Ohio State diver Chelsea Davis have been named the recipients of the 2010 Wayne Duke Postgraduate Award presented by the Indianapolis Big Ten Community Partnership.

The award is an annual scholarship recognizing one male and one female Big Ten senior student-athlete pursuing a postgraduate degree for achievements in academics, athletics, extracurricular activities and leadership. It is given out in conjunction with the Big Ten Men's and Women's Basketball Tournaments.

Each Big Ten institution nominates one male and one female student-athlete for 2010, with a $5,000 scholarship awarded to each winner.

The award is named for Barrington resident and former Big Ten Conference commissioner Wayne Duke, who served from 1971-89.

"Mark and Chelsea embody the talent and commitment it takes to succeed as a Big Ten student-athlete," said Jerry Semler of the Indianapolis Big Ten Local Organizing Committee. "

Ison, a computer science major, is expected to graduate from Northwestern later this month. He played wide receiver for the Wildcats for the last four years, contributing tremendous work both on the football field as a member of the scout team and as a vital part of the community. Ison is a member of several different honor societies, including serving as president of the Golden Key International Honour Society and communication director of the Mortar Board Honor Society. He has also taken part in the Northwestern Graphics Graduate Group and Engineering Design and Communication, where he created an adjustable bowling ramp for students at North Center for Handicapped Children. The native of Powell, Ohio, also serves as an executive officer for Northwestern to Benefit Special Olympics, where he established a Special Olympics Day for all Northwestern sports to recognize Special Olympics athletes.

Davis is a health science major and expects to graduate from Ohio State in June of this year. She is a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Board and volunteers with the Improving Literacy Program, Next Chapter Book Club and The Ohio State University Hospital. The two-time OSU Scholar-Athlete and two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection also serves as an athlete representative for the USA Diving - Site Selection and Rules Committees. She expects to attend Washington University in the fall to study physical therapy.

Davis was an All-America selection in 2008 after capturing the three-meter title at the 2008 NCAA Championships. The Columbus, Ohio, native also finished eighth on the one-meter at the national meet and was named Tri-Diver of the Year.