March 1, 2012

Husson's Gifford One of Thirteen National Recipients of NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship

Indianapolis, IN – The NCAA has released the recipients of the 2012 NCAA Women's Enhancement Program Postgraduate Scholarship for Careers in Athletics. The NCAA awards 13 scholarships to female college graduates who will be entering their initial year of postgraduate studies. The winners received a $6,000 nonrenewable award to be used for postgraduate study during the 2012-13 academic year in a sports-related program. These programs were developed by the NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics and the winners are all seeking admission or have been accepted into a sports administration or related program that will help them obtain a career in intercollegiate athletics, such as athletics administrator, coach, athletic trainer or other career that provides a direct service to intercollegiate athletics.  

Husson University's Amanda Gifford is one of two Division III athletes among the 13 winners of the women's award. Gifford was the 2011 Clara Swan Co-Athlete of the year, and has competed in soccer, basketball and softball during her illustrious career at Husson. In total, Gifford has played a role in bringing home four North Atlantic Conference Championships in her three years at Husson - Soccer (2009), Basketball (2010, 2011), and Softball (2011).

Husson University Athletics Director Bob Reasso expressed his excitement and reverence for Gifford, "We are delighted for Amanda, this NCAA post graduate scholarship is a fitting way for her to finish up her collegiate career.  Amanda is the epitome of everything that is worthwhile about college athletics.  She is highly competitive, but she always competes in a fair and honest manner.  Amanda is a gifted student who is always looking for the next challenge and she has had the college career that student athletes dream of."

Gifford has been a three sport athlete for the Eagles, and has maintained a 3.753 GPA, resulting in her being named to the Husson All-Academic Team in both years of its existence.

In soccer, Gifford has played in over 50 games, scoring 13 goals and racking up 31 points, including 4 game winners in her career. She helped lead the Eagles to the NAC title game in each of her three seasons, earning the NAC title in 2009. Gifford is a tenacious defender and is unrivaled in the air – where her grit and determination is at its finest. Gifford was named to the NAC Second Team in 2010 and garnered All-NAC First Team Honors in 2011.

In basketball, Amanda is a true point guard, running the offense like a quarterback on the hardwood. In three years of play, Gifford has scored over 800 points (nearly 10 per game) and recorded 248 assists and 197 steals, helping the Eagles to back-to-back NAC Championships in 2009-10 and 2010-11. Gifford received All-NAC Second Team Honors in 2010-11 and was named the NAC tournament MVP for her efforts in leading Husson to the title.

Last spring, Amanda took on softball as well, playing in 38 games for the Eagles. Gifford worked in as a utility player before battling herself into a starting role mid-way through the season.  She hit .275 while scoring 19 runs and knocking in 18, en route to the softball team's third consecutive North Atlantic Conference Championship.

The complete list of award recipients is below:

2012-2013 Women's Awardees:                                                                                                                                               

First Name

Last Name

Institution

Amy

Clapper

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Kayla

Conrad

University of North Florida

Brooke

Finley

University of California, Los Angeles

Amanda 

Gifford

Husson University

Kelee

Grimes

Northwestern State University

Lindsay

Makowicki

University of Hartford

Jamie

Mera

University of Missouri, Columbia

Lana

Mims

University of Missouri, Columbia

Jaime

Pisani

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Danica

Saxon

East Texas Baptist University

Aiyana

Welsh

Long Beach State University

Sarah

Willey

University of North Texas

Hanna

Wiltfong

Kansas State University

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