INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) announced the recipients for the 2007 Walter Byers Postgraduate Scholarship and Washington and Lee senior women's tennis player Katie Kingsbury (Jenkintown, Pa./Philadelphia-Montgomery Christian) was one of the two winners.
Kingsbury joins Nebraska football player Dane Todd as the recipients of the Walter Byers Scholarship, which is considered the NCAA's most prestigious honor awarded to student athletes. The award 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 two-time Old Dominion Athletic Conference Women's Tennis 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. Upon graduation in June, Kingsbury will receive a degree in psychology and will attend graduate school to seek a doctorate in that field.
Washington and Lee's women's tennis team (20-1) is currently ranked fourth in Division III and recently won it's fifth-straight ODAC title and earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament. The Generals will host the first three rounds of the tournament this weekend and will play the winner of the Swarthmore/Cabrini match on Saturday at 10 am.
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