Becker College student-athlete Michael McMahon said he was both proud and honored to receive a Collegiate Apprentice Award, which was presented to him earlier this month at the Mechanics Hall 2019 Celebration of Excellence.
“I feel immensely humbled, privileged, and honored to have been named a recipient,” McMahon said. “At Becker College there are so many students who are doing tremendous things, and making a large impact both in the classroom, on campus, and in the community. To be selected out of such a great group is something that I take a large amount of pride in.”
The Mechanics Hall Collegiate Apprentice Award winners were selected based on the following criteria: demonstrated leadership, demonstrated creativity and/or innovation, demonstrated excellence in academics, and demonstrated community involvement in Worcester or their hometown.
McMahon meets all the criteria—and more. He is a senior majoring in sports management and a member of the Becker College baseball team. He has a 4.0 GPA and has achieved Dean’s List every semester of his college career. He has been named to multiple honor societies and received a large number of academic and athletic awards. In addition, he has been very actively involved on campus, in the community, in the region, and beyond. (See highlights below.)
McMahon, who hails from Canton, Mass., credits his parents and sister for his motivation, drive, and work ethic. He credits Becker College for channeling that motivation and helping him grow into the man he is today.
“Becker has given me the ability to grow as a student, athlete, leader, and person,” he said. “One of the biggest ways in which this happened is through the College’s encouragement to step outside of my comfort zone. I would never in my wildest dreams think that I would be accomplishing the things that I have so far.”
McMahon noted that he hopes his experiences and efforts at Becker will help to motivate others to get involved as much as they can.
“Many think a student-athlete cannot go out and be a leader not only in their respective sports, but also in the classroom or in the community,” he said. “I want to be an example for those that might not think that they can do everything they may be hoping to do. You can do (and succeed) in anything and everything you want to accomplish.”
He also has sage advice for anyone who is just starting out a Becker, or considering attending the College.
“Becker is a place that is welcoming and encouraging, truly allowing you to be yourself and find out who you are,” he said. “The College does an amazing job of opening doors for all of their students to succeed and thrive in an immense amount of ways. But it is up to you, the student, to decide how many of those doors you are going to walk through.”
McMahon expects to graduate this May and hopes to go on to graduate school to earn a master’s degree.
“I am sure that the skills and lessons I have learned through my four years at Becker will help me succeed in any road I chose to go down,” he said.
Highlights from Michael McMahon’s time at Becker:
- 4.0 GPA
- Dean’s List (every semester)
- Captain of the Becker College Baseball Team (junior and senior year)
- 2019 Google Cloud COSIDA Baseball First Team Academic All District
- President of the Becker College Student Athlete Advisory Committee
- Member of the National NCAA Student Athlete Advisory Committee for both the New England Collegiate Conference and the American Collegiate Athletic Association
- 2018 NECC All-Academic Team for Baseball
- 2019 NECC All-Academic Team for Baseball
- Worked on Becker College “piece project” with schools student leader training
- Member of Becker College Leaders of Excellence and Athletic Pride Leadership Group
- 2016 Becker College Freshman of the Year
- 2019 Becker College Junior of the Year
- 2017-2018 Becker College Academic Achievement Award
- 2018-2019 Becker College Academic Achievement Award
- Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society
- Alpha Chi National College Honor Society
- Chi Alpha Sigma National Student-Athlete Honor Society
- 2019 Becker College Beaudoin Scholar
- Recipient of 2019 Becker College Sports Management Department Aspiring Scholar Award
- Volunteered at Special Olympics events in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Orlando, and Indiana
- Organized and volunteered for Special Olympics Basketball events on campus
- Worked as an athletic tutor on campus
- Member of both the “Love Your Melon Crew” and Business Club
- Becker College Baseball team Coaches Award Recipient
- Move in Crew volunteer
- Becker College Athletic Department Internship participant
- Honorary member of the Alumni Association
ABOUT THE NECC
The NECC began competition in the 2008-09 academic year and current member institutions compete across 15 sports. The NECC membership focuses on providing athletic competition among institutions that share similar academic aspirations and are committed to the importance of the total educational experience for students engaged in sports. Current members include Bay Path University, Becker College, Dean College, Eastern Nazarene College, Elms College, Lesley University, Mitchell College and New England College.
(Story and photo courtesy of Becker College. Original story can be found here.)