Lacrosse star Stefan Bauer ’11 (Ho Ho Kus, N.J.) has been recognized as one of the 10 finalists for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award. The award recognizes senior student athletes for their achievements in four separate areas- community, classroom, character, and competition.
Fans are encouraged to vote via the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award website or on the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award Facebook fan page through May 10. Fan votes will be combined with media and coaches votes to determine the winner.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
Last spring, Bauer was named to the Tewaaraton Award “watch list” as a candidate for the highest individual honor in collegiate lacrosse. He ranked No. 5 in assists per game and No. 32 in points per game among Division I players nationally in 2010, helping lead his team in a season of significant firsts for men’s lacrosse, including being ranked in the national top 20 for eight straight weeks and defeating two nationally ranked teams, Navy and Bucknell.
An economics major with a 3.61 GPA, Bauer was awarded a William Jefferson Clinton Scholarship to study at American University in Dubai during the summer between his sophomore and junior years. While in Dubai, he studied international business, Middle Eastern media, and Middle Eastern cultures.
During the January interim session before last year’s outstanding lacrosse season, Bauer was one of 10 students who traveled to Madagascar to launch the Lafayette Initiative for Malagasy Education, or LIME, aimed at helping Malagasy students prepare for the process of applying to U.S. colleges (and at helping Lafayette students learn about the challenges of development in one of the poorest countries in the world). He also traveled with Touch the World Foundation’s annual trip to Juarez, Mexico, to build a school in January 2008. He volunteers at Easton Area High School as a special education tutor and is a peer mentor at Lafayette, where he meets weekly with students to discuss any problems with the transition from high school into college.
A member of Omicron Delta Epsilon, the international economics honor society, he was a Rhodes Scholar candidate. In addition, he was awarded the 2010-2011 Maroon Club Scholar Athlete Award given annually to one female and one male student athlete who excels both in the classroom and on the field of competition.