Rodriguez Recognized as A-10 Postgraduate Honoree
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The Atlantic 10 Conference announced Friday that it has awarded the A-10 Postgraduate Scholarships for 2022 to 14 outstanding A-10 student-athletes, including Davidson volleyball’s Hattie Rodriguez. The prestigious honor, which totals $70,000, is given to a graduating student-athlete from each of the league’s 14 members.
Rodriguez, a local product out of Charlotte, led the Wildcats offensively with 3.28 kills per set during her senior season.
With 302 total kills on the year, Rodriguez accounted for 331 points, 3.6 points per set and recorded two double-doubles in her final season. She also led the ‘Cats to a historic season, with a 14-12 overall mark in the regular season and 10-6 in A-10 play, marking their best finish since the 2013 season and best season in the Atlantic 10 in program history.
Since 2014, the A-10’s Postgraduate Scholarship program has awarded $490,000 to 94 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 returns following a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
The class represents eight different sports with an average GPA of 3.72. The selection process involves the league’s athletic directors, senior woman administrators and faculty athletic representatives.
2022 Postgraduate Scholarship Honorees
|Hattie Rodriguez||Davidson||Women’s Volleyball||Sociology|
|Hanna Everhart||Duquesne||Swimming & Diving||Physician Assistant Studies|
|Jenna Devine||Fordham||Women’s Soccer||Business Management|
|Olivia O’Brien||George Mason||Women’s Lacrosse||Journalism|
|Paz Dozie-Nnamah||George Washington||Women’s Volleyball||Psychological and Brain Sciences|
|Molly O’Brien||La Salle||Women’s Soccer||Communication Science and Disorders and Psychology|
|Kira Kopec||Massachusetts||Women’s Track & Field||Microbiology|
|Tinsley Copeland||Rhode Island||Rowing||Kinesiology|
|TJ Anderson||Richmond||Women’s Soccer||Biology|
|Zanre Oberholzer||St. Bonaventure||Swimming & Diving||Public Health|
|Lindsey Smith||Saint Joseph’s||Women’s Lacrosse||Interdisciplinary Health Studies|
|Kristi Stevenson||Saint Louis||Softball||Finance & Accounting|
|Adrian Vagberg||VCU||Men’s Golf||Engineering Physics|
In each of the last six postgraduate classes, the average GPA of the honorees for the Postgraduate Scholarship Program has been 3.70 or higher. The program, which began honoring two student-athletes in 1991, has been so successful and well-received by both the recipients and the A-10 member institutions that it has expanded several times. The most recent expansion, which was adopted in January of 2015 and implemented that spring, now includes one representative from each A-10 school.
To be considered for the Postgraduate Scholarship, student-athletes must have performed with distinction both in the classroom and in their respective sports throughout their career, while demonstrating exemplary conduct in the community. The postgraduate program expanded to four recipients in 1997 and then grew to 10 in 2014.
About the Atlantic 10 Conference
The Atlantic 10 Conference was founded in 1975 and consists of 14 diverse members across eight states and Washington, D.C. The mission of the Atlantic 10 is to provide an enhanced student-athlete experience through 21 nationally competitive championship sports. The basketball-centric conference is committed to integrity, educational excellence and providing quality equitable championship experiences for its student-athletes, coaches, and support staff. The membership consists of Davidson College, the University of Dayton, Duquesne University, Fordham University, George Mason University, The George Washington University, La Salle University, the University of Massachusetts, the University of Rhode Island, University of Richmond, St. Bonaventure University, Saint Joseph’s University, Saint Louis University and Virginia Commonwealth University. For more information, visit www.atlantic10.com.