INDIANAPOLIS - The NCAA recently announced the winners of its annual postgraduate scholarship awards. Miami University volleyball senior Lisa Treadway was one of only 13 female student-athletes nationwide to earn the 2013-14 Women's Enhancement Postgraduate Scholarship for Careers in Athletics.
The NCAA awards 26 scholarships worth $6,000 apiece to 13 ethnic minority and 13 female recipients as part of its annual Ethnic Minority and Women's Enhancement Scholarship program. Developed to increase opportunities for qualified minority and female candidates, the scholarships are a one-time, non-renewable award given to college graduates who will be entering their initial year of postgraduate studies. To qualify, applicants must be seeking admission or have been accepted into a sports administration or similar academic program. The applicant's academic interests should prepare him or her for a career in intercollegiate athletics, providing a service to the NCAA membership.
Treadway will be graduating in May from Miami with a degree in exercise science. She was a four-year letterwinner for the volleyball team and is one of only 10 non-liberos in program history to record more than 1,000 digs. She finished her career with 1,225 digs, which ranks fifth all-time at Miami among all players.
"This scholarship is a testament to the strong support I have received at Miami," said Treadway. "I am so grateful for the many opportunities I was granted to learn about collegiate athletics and contribute to Miami's mission. Coach Condit, Jennie Gilbert, Dr. Susan Lipnickey, Dr. Helaine Alessio and Brad Bates, among others, have all been instrumental throughout this process. After 40 years of Title IX, the NCAA Women's Enhancement Scholarship is huge for female collegiate athletics in general."
Treadway will use her scholarship to attend The Ohio State University's Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. While she will be extremely busy with her studies, she would like to remain involved with athletics while studying and has been in contact with the Buckeye volleyball coaching staff.
"I definitely plan to stay involved in athletics, whether now or after grad school," said Treadway. "Particularly because I have chosen to study a field that is so closely related to athletics."
Miami volleyball head coach Carolyn Condit is proud of her former student-athlete.
"I can't think of anyone more deserving of a post-graduate scholarship than Lisa," said Condit. "Her desire to learn and drive to excel are who she is, and these qualities have been more than evident through her years at Miami."