Neil Forster gains Academic All-America award

Originally posted: June 12, 2007

ALBION, Mich., June 12, 2007 - Albion College’s Neil Forster (Midland/Dow) was rewarded for his success in the classroom and on the tennis court June 12 when he gained selection to the ESPN The Magazine College Division Academic All-America® At-Large first-team in voting conducted by a select group of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) in late May and early June.

Forster is the first men’s tennis player from Albion to achieve ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America® status.

“The most impressive thing about Neil was how he had his priorities in order,” Albion head tennis coach Scott Frew said. “He pulled off a 3.99 grade point average and led his team to a historic season. He’s a guy we will talk about for years to come.”

Forster, a chemistry major with minors in cell and molecular biology and German, graduated Summa Cum Laude during commencement on May 12. During his career at Albion, Forster received a National Science Foundation grant for organic chemistry research in Wales and completed an honors thesis titled Hypervalent Iodine and Hypervalent Bromine Research.

An intern with Pfizer in organic chemistry this summer, Forster is adding the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America plaque to a list of awards that includes Albion’s Lux Fiat Senior of the Year Award, the National Ronald Reagan Leadership Award, and the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity’s National Scholar of the Year Award.

Forster was tabbed as the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association’s most valuable player and Dr. Lawrence Green Scholarship Award winner after playing No. 1 singles and doubles as Albion posted a 16-7 overall record and made its first-ever appearance in the NCAA Division III Men’s Tennis Championships. He finished with a 14-7 record in singles and teamed with Jon VandenBerg for a 16-5 record in doubles.

The college division of the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America program includes NCAA II, NCAA III and NAIA schools. The at-large division includes the sports of golf, tennis, swimming, water polo, ice hockey, field hockey and lacrosse.

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