Wildcats’ Justine Lyon Earns Prestigious A-10 Postgraduate Scholarship
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — Davidson women’s basketball senior Justine Lyon was honored as a recipient of an Atlantic 10 Postgraduate Scholarship, announced by the league office recently.
Lyon, a Public Health major through the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, had an outstanding four-year career as she left her name scattered throughout the all-time record books. She finished ranked fifth all-time in scoring (1,442) and made free throws (293), while ranking in the top-15 all-time in eight other categories. Lyon had 72 double-figuring scoring games in her career, including 15 20-point outings and three 30-point games.
“Justine was the total package as a Davidson Wildcat,” said head coach Gayle Coats Fulks. “Her place in the basketball record book is well-known to outsiders, but to those in our program, she is known for so much more. Every single day she was incredibly committed to our program, to her studies, and to making a positive impact on our campus and in our community. She was someone that you could always trust to operate with the highest level of integrity, bring a smile to everyone she encountered, and to show a sincere care for those around her. Justine has a very bright future ahead of her in the health field, and I am so happy she has received this A-10 post-graduate scholarship to help her get started on her graduate degree.
The Durham, N.C. native was named the 2018-2019 A-10 Sixth Woman of the Year this past season, while taking home the league’s Most Improved Player award in 2016-17. Lyon was also honored with the team’s Wildcat Award this year.
Lyon, who was named to the 2017-18 A-10 Commissioner’s Honor Roll, will attend UNC Charlotte this fall as a graduate student in Health Administration. Her career aspiration is to one day run a hospital.
Over the last six years, the A-10’s Postgraduate Scholarship program has awarded $420,000 to 80 former student-athletes. Each of the 14 honorees receives $5,000 to contribute towards full-time enrollment in a postgraduate or professional program. Instituted to provide continuing education opportunities for graduating student-athletes, the program annually awards $70,000 in scholarship funding to former A-10 student-athletes. This marks the fifth straight year the Atlantic 10 has provided the scholarships to 14 individuals.
“I want to congratulate this exceptional group of Postgraduate Scholarship recipients,” stated Atlantic 10 Commissioner Bernadette V. McGlade. “Each of these young women and men have demonstrated a talent for academics and leadership throughout their successful careers as student-athletes. We are proud to award them one of the Atlantic 10’s most prestigious honors to assist with their postgraduate education.”
The class is comprised of 12 female and two male student-athletes, representing seven different sports with an average GPA of 3.744. The process involves the league’s athletic directors, senior woman administrators and faculty athletic representatives.