INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Washington and Lee senior women's tennis player Katie Kingsbury (Jenkintown, Pa./Philadelphia-Montgomery Christian) has been named one of six finalists for the prestigious NCAA Walter Byers Scholarship Award.
Case Western's Stephen Hrinda (cross country/track and field), Patrick Huffer of Williams (soccer), University of Louisville's Jessica Javalet (field hockey), Northeastern's Christina Mulka (rowing) and Dane Todd of University of Nebraska-Lincoln (football) join Kingsbury as finalists.
The Walter Byers Award is one of the NCAA's most prestigious awards and is presented in recognition of outstanding academic achievement and future success in postgraduate studies and planned careers. The NCAA selects one male and one female recipient each year and awards the winners a $21,500 scholarship for graduate school. The awardee also has the option of renewing the scholarship for a second year given that they are in good academic standing and a full-time student during the second year of study.
The Walter Byers Scholarship program was established in 1988 to recognize the contributions of the former NCAA executive director, Walter Byers. Award recipients are required to have at least a 3.500 grade-point average (GPA), show evidence of superior character and leadership, and demonstrate that participation in athletics has been a positive influence on personal and intellectual development.
A three-time Intercollegiate Tennis Association Scholar-Athlete and the 2006 Old Dominion Athletic Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year, Kingsbury currently boasts a 6-1 record in singles and a 3-1 mark in doubles this season. She established a school record for wins in a season by a freshman with 26 (26-8) and captured the ODAC No. 6 Singles title as a freshman and sophomore. Thus far for her career, she has a 64-17 singles record and a 27-8 doubles record.
In addition, the Phi Beta Kappa member and dean’s list honoree worked as an intern with the Rockbridge County Area Department of Social Services Child Protective Services Division. Kingsbury participates in the Washington and Lee Shepherd Poverty Program, which includes interdisciplinary academic courses on the causes, effects and remedies of poverty. She also serves as leadership coordinator for the Washington and Lee Generals Christian Fellowship.
Washington and Lee's women's tennis team is currently ranked first in Division III and owns an 14-1 record and an unblemished 8-0 mark in the ODAC entering its final week of regular season competition. The Generals will look to capture their fifth-straight conference title at the 2007 ODAC Championships on Apr. 20-22 in Lexington, Va.
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