Hinckley, Nelson Named Lloyd W. Hughes Senior Scholar Athletes

Photo by Kienan Dixon
Photo by Kienan Dixon

On Saturday, Dickinson College awarded the 2019 Lloyd W. Hughes Senior Scholar Athlete Awards, presented to the senior male and female student-athletes with the highest grade-point-average in the class while also being a significant contributor to their respective teams. This year's winners were Mike Hinckley (Bryn Mawr, Pa./Episcopal Academy), an economics and psychology major from the men's basketball program and Eryn Nelson (York, Pa./Central York), a chemistry major who competed in both indoor and outdoor track & field. 

Lloyd W. Hughes was a 1934 graduate of Dickinson College. He was an outstanding student-athlete who embraced the pursuit of education in the classroom and success of competition on the playing field. A three-sport athlete in football, basketball and baseball, Hughes twice received the Phi Epsilon award as the most valuable player on the basketball team. In 1974, he became the 16th member inducted into the Dickinson Athletic Hall of Fame. Following graduation, he went on to medical school and would serve as a physician and anesthesiologist at Prince Georges General Hospital, just outside of Baltimore. 

Hughes was passionate about the importance of the balance between academics and athletics. He created this award to honor the most outstanding senior male and female student-athletes for their commitment and dedication to both aspects of their college experience. The award is presented annually to the male and female with the highest cumulative grade-point-average through their first seven semesters, and who have made a significant contribution to their team.

Hinckley had a great senior year to cap an outstanding career as a Red Devil. He finished with 922 career points, ranking third all-time with 155 steals and fifth with 273 assists. He was one of the top free throw shooters in the country at 91 percent on the season and led the Red Devils to three Centennial Conference playoff appearances.

Hinckley is a three-time member of the Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll and has achieved Dean's List status throughout his time at Dickinson. Majoring in psychology and economics he was awarded the John Montgomery Merit Scholarship and received the 2018 Joseph J. Myers Prize for academic achievement and contribution to a varsity athletic program. In addition, he was recently inducted into the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society and will attend graduate school at Boston University.

Nelson is a four-year letter-winner in both indoor and outdoor track & field and has consistently been one of the top point-producers for the Red Devils, competing primarily in the sprint and hurdle events. She captured a silver and bronze medal at the 2019 Little Three Championships and has nine top-10 finishes in her career in the Little Three. She has consistently produced top-20 performances in the 4x200 relay, and the 100 and 400-meter hurdle events at the Centennial Conference Indoor and Outdoor Championships, leading the Red Devils to a second or third place finish in all eight conference championships.

She has been as equally impressive in the classroom, producing one of the highest GPAs in the senior class. She was also inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society and is a three-time member of the Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll. She was competitively chosen to be part of a group that was invited to the Molecular Frontiers Conference in Stockholm, Sweden to take part in the presentation of the Nobel Prize.

Dickinson takes great pride in providing an environment that encourages commitment and balance in the pursuit of excellence in both academics and athletics. In addition to Eryn and Michael, five other student-athletes were inducted into Phi Kappa Beta while three of Dickinson's remarkable 13 Fulbright Scholar winners were student-athletes.