INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has announced that Washington and Lee senior women's soccer player Kat Lawson (White Post, Va./Clarke County) is one of 29 Division I, II and III female athletes selected to receive an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship for participation in a fall sport.
Lawson's selection gives W&L 15 winners in the last nine years and 34 W&L athletes have been honored since 1970.
"I am very excited to have received this scholarship from the NCAA," commented Lawson, "and am also grateful to my coach, Neil Cunningham, and my W&L professors for nominating me for this honor and continually pushing me to be the best scholar-athlete that I can be."
A physics-engineering major, Lawson earned three letters during her time on the soccer team after transferring from Colgate her sophomore year. This fall, she became the first-ever two-time First Team All-American at W&L, garnering accolades her senior and sophomore seasons.
As a defender for the Generals, Lawson started all 59 contests in her W&L career and has collected three All-ODAC selections, three All-South Atlantic region citations and two VaSID All-State honors. As a junior, she appeared in two NCAA Tournament games after helping the Generals win the 2010 ODAC Championship and finish the regular season ranked 10th nationally.
In 2011, Lawson assisted the league's second-best defense in posting a 0.36 goals against average and claiming 15 shutouts in 19 games. W&L finished the season with a 13-4-2 overall record and 7-2-2 in conference action, ending its season with a 1-0 loss to eventual ODAC Champion Lynchburg in the ODAC Tournament semifinals.
Lawson has been accepted into the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine and the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. She would like to pursue studies in anesthesiology.
"This award will be a huge help in funding my medical school
education and ultimately allowing me to become the doctor that I
desire to be," added Lawson.
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, spring), there are 29 scholarships available for men and 29 scholarships 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.