To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I FBS senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the 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.
In addition to being standouts on the field, Bisnowaty and Caprara are among Pitt’s most passionate student-athletes when it comes to community service, and both players have already earned their undergraduate degrees.
Bisnowaty (Pittsburgh, Pa./Fox Chapel) earned his bachelor’s degree in communication and is now pursuing graduate work in health and fitness in Pitt’s School of Education. Caprara (Turtle Creek, Pa./Woodland Hills) also earned his bachelor’s in communication and is currently enrolled in the Katz Graduate School of Business.
To determine the final Senior CLASS Award winner, the 30 candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select one candidate who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition.
Along with the winner, the 10 finalists will be awarded Senior CLASS Award first- or second-team honors. The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the football bowl season in early January. For more information, visit www.seniorCLASSaward.com.
The Panthers (4-2, 1-1 ACC) are on the road this week at Coastal Division foe Virginia (2-3, 1-0). The game will be televised by the ACC Network (WTAE-TV, Channel 4 in Pittsburgh) and kick off at 12:30 p.m. Click here for a full listing of television affiliates.
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