W&L's Patrick and Yates Earn Fall NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships

Samantha Yates and Hank Patrick

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) released its fall 2018 postgraduate scholarship winners and two Washington and Lee students were among the among the 58 Division I, II and III student-athletes that were recognized.

Senior cross country runners Hank Patrick (Baton Rouge, La. / University Laboratory School) and Samantha Yates (Birmingham, Ala. / St. Paul's School) were both selected to receive one of the prestigious scholarships. Together, they represent the 24th and 25th W&L students to receive the distinction over the last 16 years. All told, 44 W&L athletes have been honored with the scholarship since 1970. Last year, former soccer goalkeeper Gillen Beck '18 and former golfer Mary-Frances Hall '18 both received the award.

Patrick was a four-year letterwinner for both the cross country and track & field teams. In cross country, he was a two-time First Team All-ODAC honoree and twice was named the ODAC/Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

As a junior, Patrick qualified for the NCAA Division III Championship after placing 12th at the NCAA South/Southeast Regional and earning First Team All-South/Southeast Region honors. Additionally, he was a USTFCCCA All-Academic honoree, and was a 2017 CoSIDA/Google Cloud Third Team Academic All-America selection. This fall, he finished third overall out of 97 runners in the ODAC Championship race.

In track & field, Patrick is a two-time winner of the ODAC/Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete of the Year award and a four-time recipient of All-ODAC honors.

A biochemistry major with a minor in poverty and human development, Patrick is a Johnson Scholar at W&L. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and is a recipient of the Shillington Organic Chemistry Scholarship.

"I am honored to receive this recognition from the NCAA," said Patrick. "It is a testament not only to the work put in by my coach and myself, but also to the support of my teammates, classmates, and professors here at W&L. Being a member of the cross country and track teams has defined my experience at W&L, and I am especially grateful for my past teammates who, in addition to providing a welcoming atmosphere, set an outstanding example of how to be a committed athlete and student."

Yates earned three letters in cross country and four more in track & field for the Generals. In cross country, she was a three-year First Team All-ODAC honoree, 2015 ODAC Rookie of the Year, and three-time First Team All-South/Southeast Region runner. She qualified for the NCAA Division III Championship as a rookie and sophomore, finishing 132nd out of 280 runners at the NCAA meet during her sophomore campaign.

A three-time USTFCCCA All-Academic honoree, she finished second at the 2018 ODAC Championship race and was 10th out of 237 runners at the 2018 NCAA South/Southeast Region Championship.

On the track, she is an eight-time All-ODAC honoree and a six-time ODAC Champion.

Also a biochemistry major and a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Yates is a Johnson Opportunity Grant Scholar (2018) and a member of Beta, Beta, Beta Biological Honors Society and Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Medical Honors Society. She is a part of the Reformed University Fellowship Leadership, the Generals Leadership Academy, "24" and the LEAD program.

"I believe that one of the most difficult journeys to undertake is the life of a D3 student-athlete," said Yates. "To figure out how to survive, much less thrive in an atmosphere that puts an incredible amount of stress on success can be very difficult. I am incredibly honored to have received the NCAA postgraduate scholarship for the work I have done at W&L, and I know that I did not and could not have done it alone. The support that I received from my friends, coaches, and professors allowed me to push past what I believed were my own limits and find my best self, both on the cross country course and in the classroom. My teammates gave me the best experience that I could have asked for at W&L, and I will always be overwhelmingly thankful to have them in my life. I am excited to see what the future holds, and excited for the opportunities that the NCAA postgraduate scholarship will provide."

The NCAA awards up to 126 postgraduate scholarships annually, 63 for men and 63 for women. Scholarships are awarded to student-athletes who excel both academically and athletically in intercollegiate athletics competition.

The one-time grants of $10,000 each are awarded for fall sports, winter sports and spring sports. Each sports season (fall, winter, spring), there are 21 scholarships available for men and 21 scholarships for women. The scholarships are one-time, non-renewable grants.

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