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Academic All-Americans

June 22, 2020

Scott Piper and Nehemiah Mork earn national scholar-athlete honors

Two 2020 graduates of the MSU College of Engineering have been named Academic All-Americans by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Both are members of the MSU Swimming & Diving Team.

Spartan Engineers Scott Piper and Nehemiah Mork take top national scholar-athlete honors.
Spartan Engineers Scott Piper and Nehemiah Mork topped off their collegiate scholastic honors by being named Academic All-Americans.

Scott Piper, who recently received a biosystems engineering degree, was First Team for the second year in a row. Piper is the only Big Ten athlete on the Academic All-American First Team - an honorary sports team composed of the nation’s best amateur players.

Piper will attend Stanford University for an advanced degree in biomedical engineering this fall. He is from Naperville, Illinois.

Nehemiah Mork, who graduated with a mechanical engineering degree, is one of two Spartans named Second Team Academic All-American. Mork will pursue a PhD in mechanical engineering at Georgia Tech this fall. Mork is from Midland, Michigan.

Piper was recently named the recipient of MSU's Dr. James Feurig Achievement and Service Award, while the duo shared the MSU President's Award with the highest GPA among graduating senior student-athletes. 

Piper is also a three-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and three-time Academic All-Big Ten recipient, and graduated with a perfect 4.0 cumulative GPA while majoring in biosystem engineering. In the classroom, Piper was the first student-athlete in program and school history to be awarded the Wayne Duke Postgraduate Scholarship from the Big Ten Conference, and also earned a B1G Postgraduate Scholarship. He is now a two-time CoSIDA First-Team Academic All-American and spent numerous semesters on Dr. Jonathan Hardy's undergraduate research team in the microbiology department at Michigan State and also interned with Orchid Orthopedic Solutions in Holt.

A multi-event swimmer for the Spartans, Piper competed in the individual medley, backstroke, and butterfly events. He holds the varsity records in the 200 butterfly, 1:45.35, and the 200 IM, 1:46.42, both of which he set in 2019. Piper also qualified for the 2020 Olympic Trials at the 2018 USA Winter Nationals in 200 IM.

A leader on campus, Piper is the Vice President of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and serves as the SAAC representative on the Associated Students of Michigan State University (ASMSU) board. He is also an Honors College Dean's Ambassador. In addition, he was heavily involved with a variety of community outreach events, including Salvation Army, the Student-Athlete Food Drive, and shaving his head to raise money for the St. Baldrick's Foundation (for children's cancer) alongside other student-athletes.
Mork is a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree and Big Ten Distinguished Scholar graduated with a perfect 4.0 cumulative GPA while majoring in mechanical engineering and minoring in computer science. He made the Dean's List every semester at MSU and was a two-time winner of the program's scholar-athlete award.   A four-time varsity letterwinner, Mork holds school records in both the 200 and 400 freestyle relay. He was named the program's Big Ten Sportsmanship Award winner and earned Michigan State Student-Athlete of the Month honors in January 2020.

Additionally, Mork has showcased tremendous commitment to the community by participating in several events, including with the Salvation Army Toy Shop, Chuck-A-Puck, All-Children Exercise Simultaneously (ACES) Day, City Rescue Mission, Operation Christmas Child, Athletes in Action, Teams for Toys, Women's Shelter, Youth Haven and the Student-Athlete Food Drive. Recently, he was profiled in the Detroit Free Press for his efforts to help in his hometown of Midland, Michigan after dams broke and the area was ravaged by devastating floods.  

Story is courtesy of MSU Athletics.