April 29, 2009
Rice University star distance runner Eleanor (Lennie) Waite has been awarded an NCAA postgraduate scholarship. Waite, a senior from Austin, Texas, will receive a one-time, non-renewable grant of $7,500. She is one of 58 student-athletes across the country receiving a grant for those who participate in winter sports.
During this past indoor track and field season, Waite set a Rice record in the mile with a time of 4:38.60 to place sixth at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championship to become the school's first All-America since Beth Hinshaw in the pole vault in 2004.
Currently competing in outdoor track, Waite recently broke school records in the 3000m steeplechase (10:00.30) and the 1500m (4:16.09) on back-to-back days at the Mt. SAC Relays. Her time in the 3000m steeplechase ranks third in the nation.
She has an impressive 3.84 cumulative grade point average and received her B.A. degree in economics, managerial studies, and psychology in May 2008. She has earned the Conference USA academic medal for having a gpa 3.75 or greater each year at Rice.
Waite also received the Joyce Pounds Hardy Award, which honors long-time Rice supporter Joyce Pounds Hardy and is presented to Rice's top overall female student-athlete for her efforts in sports, in the classroom and in the community.
The scholarship is awarded to student-athletes who excel academically and athletically and who are in their final year of intercollegiate athletics competition. The NCAA awards up to 174 postgraduate scholarships annually, 87 for men and 87 for women.