Soccer Captain Wins NCAA Scholarship
Though Janine Olthuis ’08
is not yet sure which of five graduate schools she will
attend, she knows she will have a good start paying for
her next educational step.
Olthuis , who is president of the Student Athlete Advisory
Council and a captain of the soccer team, is the recent recipient
of the highly competitive postgraduate scholarship from the
National Collegiate Athletic Assocation (NCAA).
The award is given annually to 87 women (and 87 men) in
their final year of intercollegiate competition, who excel
academically and athletically. The scholarship grants a one-time
award of $7,500, to be applied to graduate degree course
"This award really is just an
awesome way to end four great years of academics and athletics
at Smith," said Olthuis. "Being a member of Smith soccer
and Smith athletics has been such a huge and important part
of who I have been while at Smith."
Olthuis plans to study clinical
psychology. She has applied to schools in Canada and the
U.S. "This scholarship will definitely
help me financially through my first year of school and I
am very thankful for that."
The was created in 1964 to
promote postgraduate education for distinguished student-athletes.
In selecting award recipients, the program considers involvement
on campus and in the community, volunteer activities and