W&L's PROKO AWARDED NCAA POSTGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Erika Proko (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day), a 2003 Washington and Lee graduate and member of the Generals' women's tennis team, has been awarded a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Postgraduate Scholarship. The award is a $6,900 scholarship for academic work beyond the baccalaureate degree as a full-time or part-time graduate student.

Proko was one of 58 awardees from NCAA All-Divisions who received the scholarship after participating in a spring sport. The NCAA awards 174 scholarships annually in the fall, winter and spring seasons. Football player John Melillo, also a 2003 W&L graduate, was awarded one of the NCAA's Postgraduate Scholarships following the fall season. Proko's selection marked the 21st time a W&L athlete has been selected to receive an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship since 1970.

A neuroscience major, Proko graduated with a 3.685 cumulative grade-point average and plans on attending medical school at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

A six-time All-American and the 2003 ODAC Player of the Year, Proko helped lead the Generals' women's tennis team to a school-record 24 wins and runner-up finish in the NCAA Tournament this season. An All-American in both singles and doubles in 2003, Proko graduates from W&L with a 92-20 mark in singles and 104-27 in doubles. The program's all-time leader in doubles wins, she teamed with Lindsay Hagerman to post a single-season school-record 30 wins and form the nation's top-ranked doubles duo. She reached the semifinals in both singles and doubles at the 2003 NCAA Tournament.

Proko is a three-time Verizon Academic All-District selection who earned First Team Academic All-State honors from the Virginia Sports Information Directors Association this spring.

Proko has been involved with the ODAC and NCAA as a member both organizations' Student-Athlete Advisory Committees (SAAC). She also served as the NCAA Division III SAAC chair.

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