COLUMBIA, Md. – Her undergraduate career at Salisbury University may be coming to a close tomorrow, but senior Liz Tollett has more than just a college degree to celebrate. The Maryland Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (MACDA) recently released its three annual post-graduate scholarship award winners, and Tollett was one of the recipients.
The prestigious award, given to just three students representing three Maryland institutions of higher learning, includes a $500 grant upon the students' enrollment in a post-graduate program. To be eligible, student-athletes must possess a minimum 3.2 grade point average in undergraduate studies, excel in a varsity sport, participate in leadership activities beyond the playing field and plan to further their education.
Tollett, a Severna Park, Md., native, went above and beyond those eligibility requirements in her highly successful four-year career as a Sea Gull. As a three-sport athlete, Tollett was a member of the 2009 National Champion field hockey team and two NCAA Final Four squads; additionally, she was a distance runner on both indoor and outdoor track & field teams, earning second-team All-Capital Athletic Conference second-team honors in the 5,000-meter run in 2010 and most recently being named an All-CAC first-team selection in the 10,000-meter run this season en route to the program's second-straight CAC title.
In 2010, Tollett was appointed to the prestigious NCAA Division III Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
In the classroom, Tollett soared, and on Thursday, May 19, will walk across the stage to earn her bachelor's degree in physical education with a 3.75 grade point average. She will remain at Salisbury University to pursue her graduate studies in the fall.