Utah’s Katie Donovan has been named the Pac-12′s Scholar Athlete of the Year, the conference announced Tuesday.
Donovan is the first softball player and sixth student-athlete to earn this award for the Utes.
A Scholar Athlete of the Year award is presented in each of the 24 sports the Pac-12 offers and was established to honor collegiate student-athletes that are standouts both academically and in their sports discipline.
A senior from Salem, Ore., Donovan maintains a 3.83 grade point average (GPA) in honors biology with a minor in ecology and legacy. She is one of four Utes in program history to earn multiple CoSIDA Academic All-District honors.
Donovan is also a two-time first team Pac-12 All-Academic selection and NFCA Scholar Athlete award recipient. Athletically, Donovan is a three-time NFCA All-Region honoree and All-Pac-12 honoree. She is the active Pac-12 leader in saves (13), starts (111), innings (656.0) and appearances (155). Her 64 career wins rank fourth in Utah history and her 561 career strikeouts rank third.