UTEP softball?s Stacie Townsend was one of 58 student-athletes awarded an NCAA postgraduate scholarship as announced by NCAA officials on Thursday. Scholarships of $7500 were given to 29 male and 29 female student-athletes.
To qualify, a student-athlete must have a 3.2 GPA or better, and must have played a major role in his or her respective spring sport.
?Being a student-athlete has taught me values that I could not have gained without learning both in the classroom an on the field,? said Townsend. ?Moving forward from collegiate athletics, I hope to maintain the same ambition and competitive drive that I had on the softball field.?
?Stacie is a remarkable individual who has accomplished so much during her career at UTEP,? said Lisa Campos, Senior Associate Athletic Director/Senior Woman Administrator at UTEP. ?I?m really proud of her most recent accomplishment. This prestigious award is given to students who not only are leaders on their respective team, but also leaders in the classroom and in the community. I am also proud she will continue her graduate studies at UTEP.?
As a graduate student at UTEP, Townsend carries a 4.0 GPA while pursuing a master?s degree in business. She has won numerous scholastic awards, including Conference USA?s Jim Castaeda Postgraduate Scholarship, and was named to an ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America® Softball First Team and C-USA?s All-Academic team.
Townsend rewrote the UTEP softball recordbooks in what was her final campaign with the Miners. Picking up 25 of the Miners? 31 victories in the circle, she was named the NFCA/Louisville Slugger Division I Player of the Week and was awarded the league?s Player of the Week four times in 2010.
She owns the UTEP career record for runs, RBIs, home runs, total bases, walks, wins, ERA, strikeouts, strikeouts looking and shutouts.
The student-athletes chosen have showed dedication and effort while performing both on and off the field at a high level that has brought credit to the student-athlete, the institution and intercollegiate athletics.