Engineering students lead sports merit awards at UMinho

Combining sporting excellence with academic success is worth a prize to 28 students.

The University of Minho (UMinho) awarded once again its students who combined sporting excellence with academic success in 2021/2022. In all, 28 student athletes who obtained excellent results in six sports were distinguished with the Sports Merit Awards (PMD).  Volleyball and Handball were the sports with the most winners.

The ceremony of delivery of the Sports Merit Awards for the 2021/2022 season took place on March 20th, at 18h00, in the Rectory Main Hall of the University of Minho, in Braga.

The session was attended by the Rector of UMinho, Rui Vieira de Castro, the Administrator of Social Action Services, Alexandra Seixas, the President of the Academic Association, Margarida Isaías, and the local coordinator of School Sports in Braga, Carlos Dias, who made an intervention under the theme “The impacts of school sports and dual career in relation to academic achievement.

This was, above all, a moment to pay tribute to the student athletes who, individually or collectively, became National University Champions and who, simultaneously, have obtained academic success according to the conditions laid down in the Regulation for Awarding Scholarships to Higher Education Students.

The 28 awarded students received the scholarship and the respective certificates attesting to their excellence in sports and academics. They come from 20 courses at UMinho, and the most represented schools in this year’s elected students are the School of Engineering (11) and the School of Sciences (5).

The Women’s Volleyball and Men’s Handball teams won the championship title in the Finals of the 2022 National University Championships (CNU’s) that took place in the cities of Leiria and Marinha Grande, between May 16 and 27. These were the sports that saw more athletes elected to receive the award, 13 and 6, respectively.

Of the 28 students to be distinguished, 18 are female and 10 are male.

The awarding of the Sports Merit Prizes is an initiative that is already in its 13th edition. In all, 943 Sports Merit Prizes have already been awarded, with a total investment of more than 220 thousand Euros.

The Presidency of the School of Engineering congratulates all its students for their respective awards and, “above all, for the remarkable path they have taken in sports, which they combine with the demanding academic activity. Many congratulations and thanks for representing (so well) the School of Engineering.”


Elected students of the School of Engineering:

Volleyball, CNU:

– Eva da Ponte Monteiro, Integrated Master in Textile Engineering;

– Isabel Francisca Matos Silva, Integrated Master in Materials Engineering;

– Isabel Gonçalves de Castro, Integrated Master in Industrial Electronics and Computer Engineering;

– Mariana Dias Pinto, Integrated Master in Polymer Engineering;

Short Course Swimming, CNU:

– José Pedro Pinto Fernandes, Integrated Master in Information Systems Engineering and Management;

Taekwondo, CEU:

– Tiago Lucas Alves, BSc in Computer Engineering;

Handball, CEU:

– Diogo Jorge Ribeiro da Silva, BSc in Polymer Engineering;

– Miguel António de Sá Polónia, Integrated Master in Industrial Engineering and Management;

– Afonso Oliveira e Silva, BSc in Computer Engineering;

Futsal, CMU:

– Márcia Eduarda Marques Ferreira, Integrated Master in Biomedical Engineering;

– Eduardo Alexandre Ribeiro da Silva, BSc in Industrial Engineering and Management.