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About the Award

Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Trophy
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the national Senior CLASS Award was launched in 2001 to honor the attributes of college basketball seniors who remained committed to their university and pursued the many rewards that a senior season could bring. In 2018, Lowe’s brought the Senior CLASS Award to the CIAA to recognize senior men’s and women’s basketball players from the conference. In 2021, Lowe’s modified the Senior CLASS Award to recognize senior men’s and women’s athletes from any sport within the CIAA conference.

In addition to the core requirement that a candidate be an NCAA Division II CIAA senior in conference athletics, the award winners are selected based on personal qualities that define a complete student-athlete. These areas of excellence are defined by the four Cs:

CLASSROOM – Academic achievements and progression toward a college degree.

CHARACTER – Attributes that define personal character, including leadership, integrity, teamwork, overcoming obstacles and work ethic.

COMMUNITY – Involvement in community and charitable activities, utilizing status as a college athlete to make an impact in worthwhile causes.

COMPETITION – Achievements within the athlete’s sport and their role in the success of the team.

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