NU’s Long, Wong named Wayne Duke Award recipients – Omaha World

Spencer Long and Emily Wong on Tuesday were named the 2014 Wayne Duke Postgraduate Award recipients, giving Nebraska its second straight sweep of the prestigious Big Ten Conference honor.

Long is a former offensive lineman on the NU football team who graduated in December with a degree in biological sciences, with minors in humanities in medicine and psychology. The Elkhorn High graduate finished with a 3.792 grade average and was an Academic All-American.

Wong is a Husker gymnast completing her nutrition science degree, with a psychology/child, youth and family studies minor. The native of Grand Forks, N.D., holds a 3.918 grade average and plans to graduate in December.

Former NU athletes Sean Fisher (football) and Katie White (track, cross country) were chosen as the Wayne Duke Postgraduate Award winners in 2013.

The Duke award, named for the former Big Ten commissioner who served from 1971 to 1989, is an annual $10,000 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.

In recognition of the Big Ten’s leadership in fully integrating athletics into the academic mission of its member institutions, the Indianapolis Big Ten Community Partnership initiated the Wayne Duke Postgraduate Award in 2008.

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