William Smith College senior Emily D’Addario was one of just 29 female fall sport student-athletes across all three NCAA divisions to receive an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. D’Addario is just the 10th Heron student-athlete to receive the prestigious scholarship.
She joins previous William Smith winners Cynthia Oyler ’93, Sarah Daniels ’95, Nancy Greenlaw ’97, Kim Rausch ’98, Wendi Schoff ’98, Althea Jaderquist ’99, Lisa Krug ’99, Ami Ford ’00, and Sophie Dennis ’07.
D’Addario also became the second in her family to receive a postgraduate scholarship from the NCAA. Emily’s sister Jane, a 2008 Gettysburg College graduate and a standout on the track & field team, garnered the honor in her senior year.
A soccer player in her first two years at William Smith, D’Addario switched to cross country in her junior year due to an injury. Despite having never run cross country, she became one of the most outstanding runners in Heron history. D’Addario won her first three races and finished her career with a total of nine victories. She set new course records on five different occasions. D’Addario garnered All-Liberty League cross country honors twice and was named the 2011 Liberty League Cross Country Rookie of the Year. She earned USTFCCCA All-Atlantic Region honors and became just the second Heron ever to run in the NCAA Division III National Championship.
“Receiving this scholarship is a wonderful way to be recognized for my hard work in both academics and athletics,” said D’Addario, who plans to continue her education pursing a master’s degree in speech language pathology. After completing the three-year program, she aspires to work as a speech pathologist. D’Addario realized this was the path she wanted to pursue through her internships at Geneva General Hospital and after witnessing the impact a speech therapist had on her family members. “Both of my grandfathers needed the assistance of speech therapists. One was diagnosed with Parkinson’s and the other has Multiple Sclerosis. I saw the importance the therapist played in their lives and realized it was something I really wanted to do.”
The health sciences major and double minor in psychology and cognition, logic and language has also received numerous academic honors. She was a three-time Liberty League All-Academic selection and earned a spot on the 2011 Capital One Academic All-District team. D’Addario was also named a USTFCCCA All-Academic honoree in 2011 and 2012.
“In addition to all of her academic work, Emily is an outstanding varsity athlete who has been recognized with all-academic team titles. These are honors that require a great deal of dedication, time-management skills, and athleticism. She is the true epitome of the well-rounded student-athlete and we are extremely proud to have her as one of our students at William Smith College,” said NCAA Faculty Athletic Representative, Associate Provost and Associate Professor of Chemistry Christine de Denus.
“This scholarship is a tribute to Emily’s dedication and perseverance as an athlete and student. She has modeled courage through adversity and the support from the NCAA will allow Emily to continue to inspire others,” said William Smith Athletic Director Deb Steward.
The NCAA awards 174 postgraduate scholarships annually, 29 per gender for participants in fall, winter and spring sports. Each student-athlete receives a grant of $7,500. To qualify, student-athletes must excel academically and athletically, be in their final year of eligibility and plan to pursue graduate study. Student-athletes must also maintain at least a 3.2 grade point average and be nominated by their institution’s faculty athletics representative. Created in 1964, NCAA postgraduate scholarships promote and encourage education by rewarding the Association’s most accomplished student-athletes.