Erin Ashton awarded NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship
Erin Ashton awarded NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship
Friday, March 17, 2006

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (March 13, 2006) - ETSU senior women's soccer standout Erin Ashton (New Bern, N.C.) has been awarded a $7,500 postgraduate scholarship from the NCAA. The NCAA has awarded 58 postgraduate scholarships of $7,500 each to 29 male student-athletes and 29 female student-athletes who participated in fall sports, which included women's badminton (emerging sport), men's and women's cross country, women's equestrian (emerging sport), women's field hockey, football, men's and women's soccer, women's volleyball and men's water polo.


"This award means more than words can describe," said Ashton, who will be attending the James H. Quillen College of Medicine starting this autumn. "I am grateful that my coach and the athletic department at ETSU appreciate me as not only a soccer player, but as a student, and that they have helped me in achieving my vocational dream.  Also, I am grateful that the NCAA takes a part in recognizing students for their hard work and accomplishments and is willing to help students financially attend the graduate school of their choice.


"It means a lot to me that my successes and hard work are being rewarded for playing the sport that I love to play while pursuing my academic goals.  It is a nice feeling to know that not only was I supported while I was playing soccer, but that I am supported with the same enthusiasm as I enter the next stage of my life."


Ashton has rewritten the ETSU record books during her four years at ETSU by becoming the Bucs career leader in goals (35), assists (24) and shots (159).  She has played in 68 games and started in 67 during her career. 


She was named the A-Sun Player of the Week twice during her senior season and was named to the A-Sun All-Conference second team.  She was named to the second team all Southern Conference two years in a row her sophomore and junior years. 


"I would not be where I am today had I not been a student-athlete at ETSU," Ashton said. "The support that I have received from the athletic department, coaches, and faculty at ETSU has allowed me to excel not only as an athlete, but as a student. Their firm belief in setting high academic standards has been a factor that has afforded me a number of opportunities.


"Being a student-athlete at ETSU has given me opportunities on and off of the field to develop and mature as a person which has enabled me to pursue my dreams and be awarded wonderful opportunities such as attending medical school and prestigious awards which will further assist my goals. Being at ETSU has allowed me to meet so many people that have influenced my decisions and impacted my life in a way that I will be able to give back to the world the gifts that I have been given."


Ashton has a team high 3.897 GPA and is enrolled in the honors biology and pre-med program with a minor in philosophy.  She has been on the dean's list at ETSU all four years and was named to the National Dean's List for 2005. She is also a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society (2005), the Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society (2005), and the Alpha Lambda Delta Honors Society (2002-04). 


"I'm extremely proud of Erin," said ETSU head coach Heather Henson. "I think the postgraduate scholarship is just another way that shows that there are more people and organizations that recognize Erin's well roundedness as a student athlete. It's not a hidden secret that with each award she gets more and more people are realizing, through the awards and through her hard work, how special this young lady is. People are seeing what a great student-athlete she is and that she has the skills and abilities to do those things for herself and for the community, and has made time to be able to do all of that."


To qualify for a NCAA postgraduate scholarship, a student-athlete must have an overall grade-point average of 3.200 (on a 4.000 scale) or its equivalent, and must have performed with distinction as a member of the 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.