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Clemson Women’s Soccer Player Honored

March 26, 2004

CLEMSON, SC-Allison Mitchell, a Clemson senior women’s soccer player, has been awarded a postgraduate scholarship worth $7,500 from the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

The NCAA awarded 59 postgraduate scholarships in total to 29 male and 29 female student-athletes who competed in fall sports in 2003. Those sports include women’s badminton, men’s and women’s cross country, women’s field hockey, football, men’s and women’s soccer, women’s volleyball and men’s water polo.

On February 11, Mitchell also won the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Weaver-James-Corrigan Postgraduate Scholarship for 2004. She received the scholarship award for her performance in the classroom and on the field as well as her involvement in the community. Each recipient will receives $5,000 to use towards their graduate education. A total of 27 student-athletes from ACC member institutions received this award.

Mitchell was a National Soccer Coaches Association of America Academic All-American in 2002, a member of the All-ACC Tournament team in 2002 and a second-team All-ACC selection on the field in 2003. She started all 20 games in 2003 and has started 83 of 86 games over her career. The midfielder from Signal Mountain, TN finished her Clemson career with five goals and 11 assists. She scored three game-winning goals during her time as a Tiger. She will graduate this May with a degree in aquaculture fisheries.

In addition to the fall sport honorees, the NCAA also awards 116 postgraduate scholarships to student-athletes participating in winter and spring sports in which the NCAA conducts championships or participates in as an emerging sport, for a total of 174 postgraduate scholarships annually.

To qualify for an NCAA postgraduate scholarship, a student-athlete must have an overall grade-point average of 3.200 (on a scale of 4.000) or its equivalent and must have performed with distinction as a member of a varsity team in the sport in which the student-athlete was nominated. The student-athlete must have behaved, both on and off the field, in a manner that has brought credit to the student-athlete, the institution and intercollegiate athletics. The student-athlete also must intend to continue academic work beyond the baccalaureate degree as a full-time or part-time graduate student.