Baylor baseball student-athlete Richard Cunningham was named a finalist for the 2019 Senior CLASS Award. CLASS is an acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School.
This prestigious 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.
To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition.
Already a Baylor graduate with an undergraduate degree in finance, Cunningham is currently finishing his MBA and plans to graduate this spring. He was named a 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-American. The Austin, Texas, native, boasted a 3.83 GPA in finance as an undergraduate and owned a 3.89 GPA through his first year of graduate school in the business administration program. He was also named the 2017 Big 12 Baseball Scholar-Athlete of the Year, earned the 2018 Dr. Gerald Lage Big 12 Academic Achievement Award, 2017 Big 12 Dr. Prentice Gautt Postgraduate Scholarship, was a 2018, 2017 and 2016 Academic All-Big 12 First Team honoree.
Finalists were chosen by national media from the list of 30 candidates announced in March. Fan votes will be combined with media and Division I head coaches’ votes to determine the winner. This year’s Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2019 College World Series in June.