Studying, training, traveling, and competing as a Division I student-athlete is no simple task. And while NIU student-athletes have exceeded a grade point average of 3.0 for the past 11 semesters, one Huskie stands out from the pack.
Jenner Sio, an organizational management major, is currently a member of the NIU track and field team. Before she began her career in track, Jenner spent 12 years in the ice rink as an accomplished figure skater. "Starting from fifth grade I was on the ice at six every morning to train," she remembers.
Jenner's strong work ethic is evident at NIU and has been recognized by the Mid-American Conference. For the 2009-2010 season, she was named to the Academic All-MAC Indoor Track and Field Team, and in 2010, Jenner set the NIU record in the triple jump at the Tennessee Sea Ray Relays. She attributes her success to the high expectations she has for herself and to the example set by her parents. "There are no better role models for me," says Jenner.
Outside of track and field, Jenner works even harder academically. She is one of 13 Huskie student-athletes that hold a perfect 4.0 GPA. Her success in the classroom has earned her two prestigious expendable scholarships in the College of Business: the Cynthia Belluso-Crocker Women in Business Leadership Scholarship and the Nick & Kim Calamos Student Scholarship.
"My younger sister also attends NIU. Thanks to the donors who made these scholarships possible, I am able to focus on my academics and truly enjoy my college experience," says Jenner.
Though busy with academics and athletics, Jenner devotes her free time to helping others. She volunteers at various community and university events. "If you have time to do something that can benefit others, do it."
Jenner has found that her scholarship awards motivate and encourage her to work harder. She shares, "Someone is investing in me. So now, I'm not only accountable to my own expectations, I'm accountable to someone else. I believe it's my responsibility to take that investment and become the best student, athlete, and citizen that I can, so that one day, I am able to pay it forward."
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