Van Devender was one of 29 female student-athletes from all NCAA Divisions to receive the scholarship after participating in a fall sport. The NCAA awards 174 scholarships annually in the fall, winter and spring seasons. Van Devender's selection gives W&L nine winners in the last seven years and 28 W&L athletes have been so honored since 1970.
"It feels a little bittersweet to see the word 'Postgraduate' associated with an athletic award, but I am honored to be one of the selected athletes," said Van Devender. "The award is really a testament to the support of the W&L community. Student-athletes are able to thrive at W&L because of the cooperation of the athletic department and faculty. I would like to specifically thank Coach Neil Cunningham, Dr. Ellen Mayock, Jan Hathorn and Dr. Kenneth Lambert for their endorsement in the scholarship process."
A computer science major with a concentration in women's studies, Van Devender was a four-year letterwinner and a team captain for the W&L women's soccer team. She led the squad and finished fourth in the ODAC in scoring during the 2008 season with 45 points on 17 goals and 11 assists. Van Devender was named the 2008 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Scholar-Athlete of the Year and was tabbed to the First Team CoSIDA Academic All-America squad.
A three-time First Team All-ODAC, All-State and All-Region honoree and a two-time All-America selection, Van Devender finished her career ranked second all-time at W&L in career goals (64), career assists (33) and career points (161).
Van Devender plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Computer Science following graduation from W&L.
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