BRETTON WOODS, New Hampshire — Former University of Maine field hockey star Holly Stewart was named the 2015 America East Woman of the Year on Tuesday during the annual conference meetings.

The native of North Vancouver, British Columbia, is the first Black Bear to receive the honor. It is presented to the league’s senior female student-athlete who has best distinguished herself throughout her collegiate career with academic achievement, athletic excellence, service and leadership.

In addition, Naja Harvey of Orono, Minnesota, a member of UMaine’s swimming and diving team, was the runner-up for America East Woman of the Year. Student-athletes Liz Wood (women’s basketball) and Ryan Fahey (men’s swimming) were named to the America East 2015 Helping Hands Team.

Fahey and Wood were recognized for their dedication to bettering their communities through service.

Stewart, chosen from among 11 nominees, graduated in December with a degree in kinesiology and physical education and a 3.97 grade point average. She was a 2014 Academic All-American and named an America East Presidential Scholar-Athlete in December. She was a two-time America East first-team selection and an All-Region choice.

Stewart, who is competing with the Canadian National Team trying to earn a berth in the next Olympic games, is now eligible for NCAA Woman of the Year.

Fahey (Quincy, Massachusetts) excelled in the classroom as he was named a Maine Scholar-Athlete Award winner, was a Dean’s List honoree and was a member of the Sophomore Owls and Senior Skulls. He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and graduated Magna Cum Laude.

He taught swimming lessons to area youth, volunteered at the Cubs Track Triathlon, read to children at local schools and volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House in Bangor. He also was a member of the University Volunteer Ambulance Corp.

Wood (Catlett, Virginia) earned the 2015 M Club Dean Smith Award, presented annually to the top male and female student-athlete with outstanding academic and athletic achievement, citizenship and community service. She was the America East Women’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Wood is a member of the Honors College and a Maine Scholar-Athlete Silver Medalist. She is co-president of UMaine’s Student Athlete Activities Committee, and her volunteer activities include starting an anti-hazing poster campaign, wrapping Christmas presents to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House, coordinating school visits, cooking dinners at the Ronald McDonald House, Toys for Tots and a Soap Drive for the Homeless Shelter.

She visits schools bi-monthly to read to students and volunteers with the Special Olympics.