Valparaiso University men’s cross country junior Ignacio Veloz Bonilla (San Juan, P.R. / American Military Academy) was recognized by the Missouri Valley Conference on Wednesday as the featured student-athlete in the latest edition of the league’s weekly scholar-athlete spotlight.
Veloz Bonilla owns a 3.51 cumulative grade point average in civil engineering with minors in mathematics and environmental engineering. He finished the 2019 season with a time of 33:12.0 at the NCAA Regional on Nov. 15, cracking the top 10 in program history in the 10K by ranking eighth.
Veloz Bonilla’s achievement in the classroom features an appearance on the College of Engineering dean’s list, earning the Valpo Fund Alumni Award and receiving Valpo’s presidential scholarship. He is among the many academic standouts in the University’s nationally-ranked College of Engineering.
Veloz Bonilla was selected for the prestigious Foot Locker Scholarship, which is presented to 20 student-athletes out of thousands of applicants across the nation. Recipients are selected based on exemplary work in academics and athletics. He was also named the Ken C. Hicks award winner in 2017-2018, an honor that is presented each year to one of the 20 scholarship recipients for exemplifying superior academic achievement, passion for his community and a true love of his sport.
On campus, Veloz Bonilla is involved in the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) and is a member of the University’s Honor Council.