April 15, 2014
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Western Carolina women's soccer player Brittany Gendron and women's basketball's Alex Abraham were each awarded two of the 10 Southern Conference post graduate scholarships, for the 2013-14 academic year, as announced by the league office Tuesday.
Brittany Gendron, Western Carolina - David Knight Graduate Scholar
Western Carolina women's soccer defender Brittany Gendron is the 2014 recipient of the David Knight Graduate Scholarship. A SoCon All-Freshman selection and the WCU Female Rookie of the Year in 2010 when she started all 19 matches, Gendron started the first nine games the following year before an injury cut her season short. She redshirted the 2012 season before returning in 2013, appearing in all 20 matches with 12 starts. For her career, she has two goals and an assist from the back line. A member of the Honors College, the International Dean's List, Phi Kappa Phi honor society and the National Society of Leadership and Success, Gendron owns a 3.917 GPA in recreational therapy. Gendron has volunteered for several organizations, including the Tuck River cleanup, the Mountain Trace Nursing Home, a soccer camp for at-risk youth and the Adaptive Sports & Adventures Program, where she worked with people with spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries. After completing a recreational therapy internship with the Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital for Rehabilitation in Cleveland, Ohio, Gendron plans to pursue a doctorate in physical therapy.
Alex Abraham, Western Carolina - Bob McCloskey Insurance Graduate Scholar
Western Carolina women's basketball player Alex Abraham is a 2014 recipient of one of two Bob McCloskey Insurance Graduate Scholarships. After walking on to the squad as a freshman, Abraham earned a full scholarship for the Catamounts. A two-time winner of the team's Coach's Award, Abraham was also a two-year captain and was named Western Carolina's Female Scholar Athlete of the Year in 2012. A psychology/recreational therapy double major Abraham has volunteered with recreational therapy programs at a local nursing home and with at-risk youth at a local elementary school. She has also served as a pen pal for at-risk youth and volunteered at Full Spectrum Farms, which serves adults with autism. Abraham, who boasts a 3.99 undergraduate GPA, plans to pursue a graduate degree in sport psychology.
This year's other honorees include Coleman Lew & Associates Graduate Scholarship recipient Maggie Bosley (Wofford); Dave Hart Graduate Scholarship recipient Paul Inclan (Wofford); Dorothy Hicks Graduate Scholarship recipient Christina Dorismond (Furman); Bob McCloskey Insurance Graduate Scholarship recipients Grant Fisher (Elon)); William Moore Graduate Scholarship presented by McMillan Pazdan Smith recipient Christy Robinson (Samford); Southern Conference Presidential Scholarship recipient Owen Wagoner (Samford); and Mike Wood Graduate Scholarship recipients Jeremy Towns (Samford) and Nick Pollard (Chattanooga).
The recipients are nominated by their schools and selected by the Southern Conference Graduate Scholar Committee. The scholarships, worth $2,000 each, are awarded to student-athletes about to receive their undergraduate degrees who intend to pursue advanced degrees in graduate or professional school. The student-athletes are evaluated on academics, athletics and community service.