June 13, 2011
IRVING, Tex. - Rice senior soccer player Elizabeth Nesbit is one of 12 Conference USA student-athletes this year to earn the prestigious Castañeda Postgraduate Scholarship, C-USA Commissioner Britton Banowsky announced on Monday (June 13).
Elizabeth Nesbit received her bachelor's of arts degree from Rice in global health, while also participating as a four-year letterwinner on the Owls' soccer team. She played in 17 of the team's 20 games this season in the midfield, and she scored Rice's lone goal in the 1-1 tie against regular-season champion UCF. Nesbit also balanced her outstanding academic and athletic achievements while regularly volunteering at the Texas Children's Cancer Center, organizing a bone marrow registry drive and participating in medical relief missions to Malawi, Africa. The Waterford, Va., native has been accepted to the University of California-San Francisco School of Medicine.
The conference office annually presents the $4,000 Postgraduate Scholarship awards to graduates as selected by the C-USA Faculty Athletics Representatives and approved by the Board of Directors. This is the third year the award has been named for Dr. Jim Castañeda, who served Rice University for 46 years as an educator, coach and Faculty Athletics Representative before he passed away in November 2008. The 2011 Castañeda Postgraduate Scholarship recipients are as follows.
2010-11 POSTGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS:
Antoinette "Toni" Paisley, East Carolina, Softball
Katy Beth Sherman, Houston, Softball
Elizabeth Fleming, Marshall, Volleyball
Janelle Valle, Memphis, Softball
Elizabeth Nesbit, Rice, Women's Soccer
Audra Egenolf, SMU, Women's Swimming & Diving
Jana Mason, Southern Miss, Women's Soccer
Amaris Genemaras, Tulane, Volleyball
MacKenzie Ayer, Tulsa, Women's Soccer
Natalie Mitchell, UAB, Softball
Abby McClain, UCF, Softball
Melissa Desilets, UTEP, Women's Soccer