(Kansas City, Mo.) - UMKC softball's Kaelene Curry was honored on Friday with the NCAA Post Graduate Scholarship. She is the first student-athlete ever at UMKC to receive the prestigious and competitive award.
NCAA Post Graduate Scholarships are awarded to student-athletes who excel academically and athletically and who are in their final year of intercollegiate athletics competition. It was created in 1964 to promote and encourage postgraduate education by rewarding the Association's most accomplished student-athletes. Athletics and academic achievements, as well as campus involvement, community service, volunteer activities and demonstrated leadership, are evaluated. In maintaining the highest broad-based standards in the selection process, the program aims to reward those individuals whose dedication and effort are reflective of those characteristics necessary to succeed and thrive through postgraduate study in an accredited graduate degree program.
Curry, a recent graduate with a 3.98 GPA in psychology, is planning on attending graduate school at the University of Colorado in the fall. She intends to pursue a graduate degree in sport psychology, an interest she developed while being a student-athlete.
She departed UMKC this past spring with a plethora of academic accomplishments. She was a four-time UMKC Scholar-Athlete, Summit League All-League honoree, Distinguished Scholar, and member of the Commissioner's List of Academic Excellence. On a national level, she was a two-time Academic All-American and NFCA All-Academic Scholar-Athlete. In additions to her awards, she was a tireless volunteer in the community. She spent many hours working with Healthy Hawks at Kansas University Medical Center, Harvesters, and Operation Breakthrough. She also helped to organize a volunteer blood drive for a teammate who tragically passed away this past fall.
On the softball field she was also decorated, finishing her career as UMKC's all-time leader in hits and runs. The Downer's Grove, Illinois product started at shortstop all four seasons, and helped the 'Roos win the Summit League regular season crown in 2011. As a junior she was the Summit League Player of the Year, a Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-Central Region second team selection, and earned first team all-league honors. That season she led the league in runs and ranked second in hits. As a sophomore she led the league in on-base percentage, batting average and runs per game.