American University President Dr. Neil Kerwin '71 has named women's basketball senior student-athlete Alexis Dobbs as the recipient of the 2014 President's Award, the University's highest award presented to undergraduate students.
"We are so proud of Alexis for being named as the President's Award recipient," said Director of Athletics Dr. Billy Walker. "There is no question Alexis exemplifies the ideals of American University--she's excelled in the classroom, on the court, and in our community all four of her years here at AU. She truly personifies what it is to be an American Eagle!"
Dobbs majored in public health with a minor in biology and carries a cumulative GPA of 3.81. She was named the Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the third time in March, becoming only the second women's basketball student-athlete in Patriot League history to do so, and was a three-time Academic All-Patriot League Team selection, two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team honoree, 2013 Senior CLASS Award nominee and Division I-AAA ADA Scholar-Athlete Team selection. After graduation, Dobbs will enter a joint program through Cleveland State University and Cuyahoga Community College to earn her M.S. in physician assistant studies.
"I am truly ecstatic for Alexis to win such a prestigious award," said Head Coach Megan Gebbia. "She has had an incredibly successful four years at American University both in her academic and athletic endeavors. She has been an outstanding leader and mentor and has shown a selflessness that is admired by all. Alexis understands the importance of building relationships within the AU community and enjoys giving back to those less fortunate. Dr. Kerwin and the selection committee have chosen a terrific and well-rounded person who will make American University very proud in the years to come."
A three-time team captain, Dobbs capped off her senior season with eight career top 10 rankings, including setting program records in three-point field goals made (222) and games started (117). Dobbs earned four All-Patriot League honors in her career, including First Team honors in 2014 after leading the Eagles with a career-best 13.4 points per game and 4.3 assists per game while finishing third with 4.8 rebounds per game.
She has been active in the community since coming to the D.C. metro area, volunteering at Ballou High School, the DC Central Kitchen and Taste of Friendship Heights playing basketball with local children. Dobbs spent July of 2012 coaching a girls' basketball team and serving as an adviser at the Sports Challenge Leadership Academy. She also taught sports psychology and conflict resolution courses and was a mentor for eight girls in the program. This past summer she interned for the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, participating in direct service outreach and helping with advocacy and outreach.
Dobbs coordinated home visits for the entire team when it adopted Kayla Wenger, an 11-year-old who was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer, and served as a "Big Sister," helping organize fun activities for her and her family whenever they attended games during the 2011-12 season. Dobbs also helped with the creation of the AU Kids Club in memory of Kayla and continuously interacts with the children in the club at games and the Kids4Kayla Clinic hosted in each of the last two years.
The President's Award is presented annually to the senior (or seniors) whose accomplishments over the course of his or her undergraduate years are truly exceptional and reflect the highest ideals of American University.