June 22, 2011

W&L's Donnelly Receives NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has announced that Washington and Lee senior women’s field hockey and lacrosse player Kate Donnelly (Houston, Texas/St. John’s) is one of 29 Division I, II and III female athletes selected to receive an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship for participation in a spring sport.

Donnelly’s selection gives W&L 14 winners in the last nine years, including two this year, and 33 W&L athletes have been so honored since 1970.

“I am so honored to receive the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship,” said Donnelly. “Field hockey and lacrosse have greatly impacted my experience at W&L the past four years, and I am very lucky to have had the opportunity to combine what I have learned in my classes with what I have learned on the field to continue my education next year.” 

An accounting major with a minor in poverty and human capabilities studies, Donnelly earned four letters with both the field hockey and lacrosse teams, serving as a captain for both squads during her senior year.  She was a four-year starter as a defender in field hockey, totaling one goal and three defensive saves and helping the Generals’ to a 1.97 goals-against average during her career.  In lacrosse, Donnelly played in 73 games with 40 starts and she totaled 74 points on 53 goals and 21 assists in helping the Generals to three ODAC titles. She was the recipient of the Wink Glasgow Spirit & Sportsmanship Award at the W&L Athletics Award Ceremony in May.

Donnelly was also recognized for her efforts off the field, as she received the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Community Awareness Award earlier this month. While in Lexington, she founded and served as the Executive Director of Community Financial Freedom, a non-profit organization that provides personal finance counseling to low-income community members and promotes savings among them. She also served as the General Chair for the Nabors Service League, in addition to working as a marketing intern at the Maury River Senior Center this past year.

A W&L and Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Scholar-Athlete, Donnelly will attend the University of Virginia in the fall to complete her masters degree in accounting.

“Ultimately, I hope to have a leading role in a community development nonprofit,” said Donnelly. “With the help of this scholarship, I will be able to take a step closer to pursuing my passions.”

The NCAA awards up to 174 postgraduate scholarships annually, 87 for men and 87 for women. Scholarships are awarded to student-athletes who excel academically and athletically and who are in their final year of intercollegiate athletics competition.

The one-time grants of $7,500 each are awarded for fall sports, winter sports and spring sports. Each sports season (fall, winter and spring), there are 29 scholarships available for men and 29 scholarships available for women. The scholarships are one-time, non-renewable grants.

Please visit the Washington and Lee NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship page for a complete listing of W&L's scholarship winners over the years. For the complete listing of 2011 NCAA Spring Postgraduate Scholarship Awardees, download the PDF.

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