Kitan Ajanaku and Deidra Bohannon, both of Georgia State’s volleyball team, are nominees for the 2015-16 NCAA Woman of the Year, the NCAA announced Tuesday.

NCAA member schools have nominated 517 student-athletes from all divisions for the 2016 Woman of the Year award.

The NCAA Woman of the Year award honors graduating female college athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in academics, athletics, service and leadership.

Ajanaku led the Panthers in blocks and was third in kills this past season while attending classes as a first-year law student in Georgia State’s College of Law. Bohannon was a four-year starter and earned All-Sun Belt honors twice while becoming just the 10th Panther all-time to reach the 1,000-kill mark. Bohannon was a respiratory therapy major, one of only two student-athletes at GSU to go through the program.

The NCAA encourages member schools to honor their top graduating female student-athletes each year by submitting their names for consideration for the national Woman of the Year award.

Next, conferences assess their member-school nominees and select up to two conference nominees. The Woman of the Year selection committee, made up of representatives from the NCAA membership, will then choose the top 30 honorees - 10 from each division. 

From the top 30, the selection committee determines the top three honorees from each division and announces the nine finalists in September. The NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics then chooses from among those nine to determine the 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year.

The top 30 honorees will be celebrated and the 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year winner will be announced at the annual award ceremony Oct. 16 in Indianapolis.