Lexington, Virginia • December 2, 2009
Anthony Cardona and Emmy Mathews, juniors at Washington and Lee University, are winners in the $10,000 Virginia Foundation of Independent Colleges (VFIC ) / Norfolk Southern Scholarship Program competition.
Cardona and Mathews were selected in a statewide competition with applicants from all 15 member colleges in the VFIC consortium. Over 40 applications were received and two of the three winners chosen were W&L students.
Cardona, a business administration major with a minor in philosophy, is from Lower Gwynedd, Pa. He is a member of W&L's varsity baseball team that last year won the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) championship for the first time; a student-athlete and member of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee; a member of Southern Comfort a cappella singing group and a member of Kappa Alpha Order. He was selected to the ODAC Baseball All-Conference Team, recognized as an ODAC Scholar-Athlete and chosen as an NCAA Leadership Conference Representative.
Last summer Cardona interned at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y, working on the marketing and sales initiatives at the Hall of Fame. He also designed direct mailings, brochures and coupons to help bolster enrollment. After graduation Cardona plans a career in marketing and promotions and getting his M.B.A.
Mathews, from Baltimore, Md., is a business administration and philosophy double major. She is captain of the field hockey team and women's lacrosse team; is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa leadership honor society; Phi Eta Sigma freshman honor society; is a member and treasurer of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority; and member of Kathekon, W&L's student alumni association. She was awarded the Edward Lee Pinney Prize for her commitment to personal scholarship and nurturing intellectual life
Mathews was W&L's Freshman Female Athlete of the Year; ODAC Field Hockey Rookie of the Year her freshman year; ODAC Lacrosse First Team All-Conference last winter and Field Hockey First Team All-Region this year. Mathews spent last summer studying corporate finance at the London School of Economics Study Abroad.
The competitive Norfolk Southern Scholarship program, administered by the VFIC, is provided to juniors who have academic promise and an interest in enhancing their future career opportunities with Norfolk Southern. The award is available to VFIC undergraduates seeking degrees in economics, business, finance, accounting or related fields. Each scholar receives $5,000 for his or her junior year and an additional $5,000 for his or her senior year, contingent on maintaining the scholarship requirements.