W&L's PROKO AWARDED NCAA POSTGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Erika Proko (Charlotte, N.C./Providence
Day), a 2003 Washington and Lee graduate and member of the Generals' women's
tennis team, has been awarded a National Collegiate Athletic Association
(NCAA) Postgraduate Scholarship. The award is a $6,900 scholarship for
academic work beyond the baccalaureate degree as a full-time or part-time
Proko was one of 58 awardees from NCAA All-Divisions who
received the scholarship after participating in a spring sport. The NCAA
awards 174 scholarships annually in the fall, winter and spring seasons.
Football player John Melillo, also a 2003 W&L graduate, was awarded
one of the NCAA's Postgraduate Scholarships following the fall season.
Proko's selection marked the 21st time a W&L athlete has been selected
to receive an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship since 1970.
A neuroscience major, Proko graduated with a 3.685 cumulative
grade-point average and plans on attending medical school at the University
of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
A six-time All-American and the 2003 ODAC Player of the
Year, Proko helped lead the Generals' women's tennis team to a school-record
24 wins and runner-up finish in the NCAA Tournament this season. An All-American
in both singles and doubles in 2003, Proko graduates from W&L with
a 92-20 mark in singles and 104-27 in doubles. The program's all-time
leader in doubles wins, she teamed with Lindsay Hagerman to post a single-season
school-record 30 wins and form the nation's top-ranked doubles duo. She
reached the semifinals in both singles and doubles at the 2003 NCAA Tournament.
Proko is a three-time Verizon Academic All-District selection
who earned First Team Academic All-State honors from the Virginia Sports
Information Directors Association this spring.
Proko has been involved with the ODAC and NCAA as a member
both organizations' Student-Athlete Advisory Committees (SAAC). She also
served as the NCAA Division III SAAC chair.
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Contact: Brian Laubscher
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