Cherok Earns 2013 A-10 Postgraduate Scholarship
June 3, 2013
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - Atlantic 10 Conference Commissioner Bernadette V. McGlade announced Monday that Duquesne's Nicole Cherok is one of four Postgraduate Scholarship recipients. Saint Louis' Alejandro (Alex) Aleman, Charlotte's Shane Basen and Dayton's Sadie Wonders also received the scholarship.
Cherok, a sprinter and middle distance runner on Duquesne's women's track team, is a pharmacy major. She served on Duquesne Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, was a member of the Director of Athletics Honor Roll and the Duquesne Dean's List. She also is a four-year member of the A-10 Commissioner's Honor Roll, and she completed a CVS/Pharmacy internship this past year.
A native of North Versailles, Pa., Cherok also is a two-year member of the American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists. She was the 2012 A-10 400 Meter Hurdles Champion and she competed in the NCAA Championship East Preliminaries in the 400 meter hurdles. She currently holds Duquesne records in the 400 meter hurdles and as a member of three relay teams, the 4X100 meter, the indoor 4X400 meter and the outdoor 4X400 meter. Cherok plans on pursuing her Doctorate of Pharmacy at Duquesne's Mylan School of Pharmacy.
Each recipient will receive $5,000 to contribute towards full-time enrollment in a graduate program. All four student-athletes have performed with distinction both in the classroom and in their respective sports throughout their career, while demonstrating exemplary conduct in the community. The selections are made by a panel of five Faculty Athletic Representatives from Atlantic 10 member institutions.
The Postgraduate Scholarship program has been so successful that the Atlantic 10's Directors of Athletics recently voted to more than double the number of recipients to 10 individuals and increase the value each recipient receives to $7,000. The program will expand beginning with the 2014 honorees. The expansion is part of a broad-based commitment to academics by the Atlantic 10, which ranks second among 31 conferences in the most recent NCAA Graduation Success Rate (GSR). The league was also rated third in the Academic Progress Rate (APR) by the NCAA last year. The NCAA will release this year's full APR report, with the most recent data on June 11.
"The Postgraduate Scholarship is one of our highest awards and one that I am especially proud to present to these four distinguished student-athletes. The award honors the academic side of college athletics, which the Atlantic 10 takes great pride in, as evidenced by our expansion of the program," McGlade said. "I congratulate each of our honorees for outstanding undergraduate careers and a dedication by each of them to being true student-athletes."
There were 20 applicants from 10 different institutions. This marks the first time in eight years that male applicants earned two of the four scholarships. By rule, the scholarships are awarded to four student-athletes (one male, one female and two others).