SCAC Woman of the Year

The Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) Woman of the Year award was established for the 2005-06 athletic season.

Each year, the winner of the SCAC Woman of the Year award is nominated for the NCAA Woman of the Year, one of the most prestigious honors the NCAA bestows.

The award recognizes senior student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service and leadership. Each NCAA conference, and independent institutions, can nominate a distinguished female student-athlete for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award. The NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics will select the top 10 winners in each division in August. From those 30 honorees, the selection committee will determine the top three in each division (September). Finally, the members of the CWA will vote from among the top nine finalists to determine the Woman of the Year.

SCAC Woman of the Year - Past Winners: 

2013
Rachel Thibodeau
Southwestern University
Volleyball
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Academic achievement: Psychology major who graduated in May of 2013. NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, 2013. Phi Betta Kappa. CoSIDA First Team All-America, 2012. Southwestern Department of Psychology Outstanding Achievement in Psychology Award, 2013. Southwestern Michael Sheam Writing Award, 2012. Southwestern Director of Athletics Academic Excellence Award, 2009-2012. Southwestern Cody Scholar, 2009-2013. Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Academic Honor Roll.

Athletics achievement: 2-time AVCA All-American, 2011-2012. SCAC Player of the Year, 2012. 2-time All-SCAC First Team selection, 2011 and 2012. 2-time AVCA All-South Region First Team selection, 2011 and 2012. 2-time NCAA Regional All-Tournament Team, 2010 and 2011. SCAC All-Tournament team selection, 2012. Southwestern Team MVP, 2012. Southwestern SAAC Standout Female Athlete, 2012. Team captain, 2012.

Service and leadership: President of Psi Chi, a Psychology National Honor Society. Vice-President of Alpha Chi National Honor Society and Secretary of Sigma Phi Lambda Christian Sorority. Member of Omicron Delta Kappa, a national leadership society. Served as teaching assistant within Southwestern Department of Psychology. Summer intern at University of Texas at Dallas Center for Brain Health. Volunteer with King of Glory Youth Group, Relay for Life, Angel Tree, a Week of Hope and Special Olympics.

Excerpt from personal statement: "If you were to ask me before my time at Southwestern what quality an individual must possess in order to face challenges, I would have said motivation. Although this quality is important, I have come to find that the key to success in challenging situations is being selfless. One of the most important lessons I have learned as a student-athlete is that when faced with a challenge, it is selfish to fear the situation, leading you to hold back all you have to offer."

2012
Sharwil Bell
Rhodes College
Basketball
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Academic achievement:
Biology major, Business minor who graduated in May 2012. NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, 2012. Phi Beta Kappa, Gamma Chapter. Mortar Board National College Senior Honor Society. Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society. Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honor Society. 2-time Captial One Academic All-American, 2011 and 2012. Rhodes College Student Hall of Fame. Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Academic Honor Roll.

Athletics achievement:
Josten's Trophy Finalist, 2012. 2-time All-SCAC First Team, 2011 and 2012. 3-time Rhodes College team MVP, 2010-2012. 2-time D3hoops.com All-South Region, 2011 and 2012. Rebecca Rish Award (Rhodes College Female Athlete of the Year), 2012. SCAC Newcomer of the Year, 2010.

Service and leadership: 
Vice President of Mortar Board National Honor Society. Vice President of Rhodes’ Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Peer Mentor, 2010-2012. Served as Physical Therapy Shadow at both Methodist University Hospital and the Campbell Clinic for Orthopedics.

Excerpt from personal statement: "My extensive involvement in academics, athletics and service to my campus and community has allowed me to realize a new sense of balance in life. By engaging in competition on the court and in the classroom, I gained an appreciation for consistently putting my best foot forward."

2012
Abigail Loar
Trinity University
Soccer
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Academic achievement:
Anthropology and Environmental Sciences major who graduated in May 2012. NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, 2012. Margaret Mead Award for top Trinity senior in Anthropology Major. Recipient of Murchison Research Scholarship for Biology and June Cook Scholarship in Creative Writing. Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society. Member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Sigma Tau Delta Honor Society. Lambda Alpha Anthropology Society. 2-time NSCAA Academic All-American. Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Academic Honor Roll.

Athletics achievement:
2-time NSCAA All-American, 2010 and 2011. 2-time D3soccer.com All-American, 2010 and 2011. D3soccer national Forward of the Year, 2011. 2-time SCAC Offensive Player of the Year, 2010 and 2011. SCAC Newcomer of the Year, 2008. 4-time First Team All-SCAC selection, 2008-2011. 3-time NSCAA All-Region, 2009-2011. Member of NCAA Elite Eight team, 2009. Trinity all-time leader in goals and overall points scored.

Service and leadership:
Served as the Epidemiological Data Survey creator, implementer and analyst on HIV/Syphilis Task Force. Volunteer with Project Cure and Co-representative for Two Degrees. Additional volunteer efforts with Habitat for Humanity, St. PJ's Children's Home and Haven for Hope. Initiated service project with Trinity SAAC for Black Out Breast Cancer.

Excerpt from personal statement: "In my work in the classroom, community and on the field, I've come to learn that success is best derived through the collection of skilled, passionate and driven individuals. I must be selfish enough to invest the time to be the best person I can possibly be while simultaneously always putting my best foot forward in the name of others."

2011

Hayley Emerick
Trinity University
Diving
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Academic achievement: Business Administration major who graduated in May 2011. NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, 2011. 3-time NCAA Academic All-American, 2009-2011. Member of National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Member of Alpha Lambda Delta honor society. Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Academic Honor Roll.

Athletics achievement: NCAA 3-meter diving champion, 2010. NCAA 1-meter runner-up, 2011. NCAA 3-meter runner-up, 2011. 8-time NCAA All-American (2008-2011). Record holder in the NCAA 3-meter board. 2-time SCAC Diver of the Year (2008 and 2011). 3-time SCAC Diver of the Meet (2008, 2009 and 2010). SCAC record holder for both the 1-meter and 3-meter. 7-time SCAC champion (2008-2011). Team captain (2010-2011). 

Service and leadership: Co-founder and member of Delta Sigma Pi, business fraternity. Member of National Society of Collegiate Scholars and Alpha Lambda Delta, an honor society. Service projects with Habitat for Humanity, the YMCA and the Food Bank of San Antonio. Cross Cultural Solutions Volunteer abroad, 2010.

Excerpt from personal statement: "My academic experience taught me hard work, perseverance and determination while my athletic experience taught me to set my goals high and to create a plan for reaching them step by step. It has given me patience and the ability to plan well into the future, and I have realized that rigorous preparation, though tough, eventually pays off."

2010
Lauren Reich
DePauw University
Cross Country & Outdoor Track and Field
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Academic achievement: Biology major who graduated in May 2010. Bob Harvey Senior Student-Athlete Award, 2010. USTFCCA All-Academic Team (Cross Country and Track), 2008. Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Academic Honor Roll.   

Athletics achievement: 2-time USTFCCA All-American, cross country, 2008-2009. 2-time NCAA All-American, indoor track (mile, 800 m), 2010. 4-time NCAA All-American, outdoor track (800m, 1500m, 5000m) 2008-2010. 2-time SCAC Runner of the Year, cross country, 2006 and 2009. SCAC Rookie of the Year, cross country, 2006. USTFCCA Indoor Track Great Lakes Region Athlete of the Year, 2010. DePauw Most Valuable Runner (cross country and track), 2007-2010. Amy Hasbrook Award (DePauw Female Athlete of the Year), 2010. Cross County team captain, 2008-2010.

Service and leadership: Student-Athlete Advisory Committee member, 2007-2008. Volunteer with DePauw Global Health Initiative and Mesa (Ariz.) Bird Rescue. Biology mentor as member of Alpha Phi. Counselor with Camp Red Arrow. 

Excerpt from personal statement: "After four years, it is still an honor to wear my Tiger-striped uniform because I know I had to earn them. Those stripes required growth, leadership, learning and competing for my school. Those stripes represent more than any of my accomplishments could: confidence from stripes." 

2009
Melanie Auguste
Colorado College
Basketball
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Academic achievement: Economics major who graduated in May 2009. Rhodes Scholar Nominee, 2009. NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, 2009. ESPN the Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-America, 2009. Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Academic Honor Roll.

Athletics achievement: Josten's Trophy Winner - Most Outstanding D3 Women's Basketball Player, 2009. SCAC Basketball Player of the Year, 2009. DIII News All-American, 2009. D3Hoops.com All-American, 2009. WBCA All-American, 2009. 2-time First-Team All-SCAC, 2008, 2009. 4-time team MVP, 2005-2009. Three-time team captain, 2007-2009. CC's all-time leader in assists and steals.

Service and leadership: Student-Athlete Advisory Committee member. SAAC President, 2008-09. Founding student editor Rocky Mountain Undergraduate Review. Habitat for Humanity and Relay for Life volunteer.

Excerpt from personal statement: "The lessons I learned in a classroom made me a better athlete and the lessons I learned on the court made me a better student. The sum of both experiences made me a better person. One day I will no longer be a basketball player or a student, but I have always been and will always be a member of my community."

2009
Amanda Stier
DePauw University
Swimming
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Academic achievement: Kinesiology - Sports Medicine major who graduated in May 2009. Four-time College Swim Coaches Association Academic All-American Award, 2006-2009. Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Academic Honor Roll. 

Athletics achievement: 11-time NCAA All-American (Individual & Relays), 2006-2009. 16-time SCAC conference champion, 2006-2009. 26-time All-SCAC performer, 2006-2009. Holder of 7 school records (100 and 200 fly; 200 free; 200 and 400 free relays; 200 and 400 medley relays). Highest point scorer ever at DePauw (2192 pts). 3-time team MVP (2006, 2008, 2009). Team captain 2008-2009. Amy Hasbrook Award (DePauw Female Athlete of the Year), 2009.

Service and leadership: NSCA personal trainer, 2008-2009. Member of Kappa Omicron Nu; served as KON secretary, 2008-2009. Member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority, 2006-2009. Led volunteer efforts for victims of domestic violence.

Excerpt from personal statement: "I am proud to have represented my school in national level competition. Swimming has taught me leadership as our team's captain, and that teamwork is the only way an "individual athlete" can succeed."

2008
Katie Doogan
DePauw University
Swimming
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Academic achievement: English Writing major who graduated in May 2008. National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Media Fellow, DePauw University Program of Distinction. Four-time College Swim Coaches Association Academic All-American Award, 2005-2008. Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Academic Honor Roll.  

Athletics achievement: 3-time individual NCAA All-American (400 IM - 2007 and 2008; 200 IM - 2007), 8-time relay NCAA All-American (200 free relay; 200 medley relay; 400 free relay; 400 medley relay - 2006 and 2008). Team MVP - 2005 and 2007; school record holder: 100 and 200 free; 200 and 400 IM. Member of school record holding relays: 200, 400 and 800 free relays; 200 and 400 medley relays. School record for most points scored in a career (2033.5 pts). SCAC Swimmer of the Year, 2008. SCAC High Point Swimmer of the Meet, 2005, 2007, 2008. DePauw Senior Female Athlete of the Year, 2008. 

Service and leadership: Executive producer for TV show on D3TV (DePauw student television). Served as DJ and newscaster on student radio station WGRE. Managing editor of A Midwestern Review, a biannual literary magazine. Mentor for 14 incoming first-year students as part of depauw.year1 Mentor Program.

Excerpt from personal statement: "As a student-athlete, I strive for my own personal records while supporting my competition. I have gained team friendships, precise mental discipline, and intense respect for my competition thanks to my NCAA student-athlete experience."  

2007
Liz Bondi
DePauw University
Basketball & Tennis

Academic achievement: Kinesiology major who graduated in May 2007. ITA Academic All-American. Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Academic Honor Roll. 

Athletics achievement: Basketball Team captain 2006-07. Tennis Team captain 2005-07. Two-time Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Basketball Player of the Year, 2006-2007. Two-time Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Tennis Player of the Year, 2005-2006. Honda Division III Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year, 2007. ITA Fall National Champion (Singles) 2006. ITA Fall National Champions (Doubles) 2004, 2006. NCAA National Champion - Tennis (Singles) 2007. NCAA Final Four MVP - Basketball, 2007. Two-time D3hoops.com All-American, 2006-2007. D3News All-American, 2007. 

Service and leadership: Interned with Illinois Bone and Joint Institute and OrthoIndy. Member of DePauw Wellness Center Advisory Board. Little Sisters Basketball and DePauw Kids Basketball volunteer. 

Excerpt from personal statement: "Participating as both an individual and a team athlete, I have learned the importance of selflessness. It is not about who gets the most points, the most wins, or the best grades. It is about the success of the team and the group." 

2006
Christyn
 Schumann
Trinity University
Track and Field
     

Academic achievement: Business management major who graduated in May 2006. Recipient of NCAA Women’s Enhancement Program Postgraduate Scholarship. NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, 2006. Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Academic Honor Roll. Recipient of Trinity University Division of Student Affairs Presidential Award of Excellence for campus leadership and excellence.     

Athletics Achievement: Team captain, 2004-06. NCAA champion in high jump (outdoor), 2004-06. NCAA champion in high jump (indoor), 2005. Three-time Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference team champion. Holds Trinity and conference high jump records.     

Service and leadership: Student-Athlete Advisory Committee member. Mentor in Big Brothers, Big Sisters Program. Interned with the San Antonio Sports Foundation. Resident assistant for 40 students in dormitory on Trinity campus. Red Cross and UNICEF volunteer.     

Excerpt from personal statement: "It is difficult to delineate all I have gained as a student-athlete, for I cannot imagine my college years without that experience. Division III athletics enabled me to compete at the top level while focusing on other aspects of my life and developing life skills necessary to excel after college." 

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