The Catholic University of America

President's Award
Megan E. Payne
Candidate, Bachelor of Biomedical Engineering, Class of 2007

Father O'Connell, Megan Payne and Alumni Association President David Hartke

An August 2003 article about Catholic University athletics listed Megan Payne as one of 14 incoming freshmen on the women's field hockey team. A name among many others. However, it did not take long for Megan to distinguish herself on the playing field or in the classroom. She finished her first season on the team with Rookie-of-the-Year honors. By her senior year, she was team co-captain and along the way had collected first team All-Capital Athletic Conference honors.

Catholic University prides itself on sustaining a culture that nurtures scholar athletes. During her four years here, Megan epitomized the CUA scholar athlete. Her efforts in the classroom earned Megan a place on the Dean's List for seven semesters at Catholic University. She graduates today with a 3.892 grade point average and a bachelor of science in biomedical engineering, with a minor in mathematics.

Not satisfied with challenging herself on the athletic field and in the classroom, Megan was a leader in student life activities and an active participant in Campus Ministry. As with the CUA field hockey team, Megan joined the Society of Women Engineers in her freshman year; by her senior year, she was president of the group. In fall 2004, she served as a support staff leader of the CUA sophomore retreat, helping to organize the annual event for fellow students. In June 2006, she traveled with other CUA students on a Campus Ministry sponsored trip to rural Caizan, Panama, where they stayed with native families and helped to harvest local crops. During her time at CUA, she was also active in Pro-Life Hospitality, Habitat for Humanity, DC Reads and Friday Nights Planning Committee.

Whether she was involved in academics, sports or extracurricular activities, Megan dedicated herself completely to the task-at-hand and excelled at it, while getting the most out of her Catholic University experience.

For her leadership, outstanding scholarship and devotion to the Christian ideals of our community, The Catholic University of America is proud to present the 2007 President's Award to Megan Payne.