NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Atlantic 10 Conference Commissioner Bernadette V. McGlade announced Monday the recipients of the annual A-10 Postgraduate Scholarship. This year’s recipients include Alejandro (Alex) Aleman from Saint Louis, Shane Basen of Charlotte, Nicole Cherok of Duquesne and Sadie Wonders from Dayton.
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).
Basen, a senior infielder and captain on the 49ers baseball team, finished his undergraduate work as an Accounting and Finance Major. He was a finalist for the prestigious Senior CLASS Award, and was recently named a Capital One/CoSIDA First Team Academic All-American, his second Academic All-American award. A three-time selection on the Atlantic 10 All-Academic Team and a four-year member of the A-10 Commissioner’s Honor Roll, Basen also was on the Chancellor’s List and Dean’s List all four years at Charlotte. A native of Waxhaw, N.C., he was involved in multiple business and marketing associations, including serving as a member of the UNC Charlotte Business Honors Program and the Deloitte Local Leadership Conference. A standout athlete, he was named Second Team All-Conference as a junior and made the All-Championship team as a freshman. Basen plans on attending Charlotte’s Master’s of Accountancy Program with the goal of being a CPA.
Wonders, a senior UD rower, majored in accounting as an undergraduate. She is a two-time Atlantic 10 All-Conference selection who also won Dayton’s Most Valuable Rower award and as a freshman was the Flyer’s Most Outstanding Novice. A two-time A-10 All-Academic honoree, Wonders has also been a four-year recipient of the Dayton Scholar-Athlete Award, the Dean’s List and the Atlantic 10 Commissioner’s Honor Roll. A Bronson, Mich., native, Wonders is a member of Alpha Kappa Psi, a business fraternity where she served on the Professional and Services Committee and was a member of the organization’s All-Academic Team. She has also worked with Junior Achievement to teach economics to youth and was a nominee for Dayton’s Presidential Scholar-Athlete Award. Wonders has enrolled in Dayton’s MBA/dual ACC graduate degree program for this fall.
Cherok, a sprinter and middle distance runner on Duquesne’s women’s track team, was a Pharmacy Major as an undergraduate. 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. A standout athlete, 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.
Alemann, a current graduate student in Saint Louis’ MBA program, is a pitcher for the Billikens, which won the 2013 Atlantic 10 title. He also did his undergraduate work at Saint Louis, earning the Dean’s Scholarship all four years and the Academic Excellence Award during all four undergraduate years and in his first year in the graduate program. He has also been a member of the Commissioner’s Honor Roll, and has volunteered with Special Olympics and other special-needs kids organizations. Hailing from Weston, Fla., Aleman holds SLU records for career wins (26) and starts (61). He also ranks top ten in complete games, strikeouts, and career ERA. He was the 2010 Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year and has also been selected as All-Conference. He plans to complete his MBA this coming year.
Basen and Alemann are just the third and fourth baseball players to earn the Postgraduate Scholarship and the first since Duquesne’s Rocky Kravetz in 1999-2000. Wonders is just the second rower all time, the first was Duquesne’s Colleen McCrosky. Wonders is also the eight Dayton student-athlete to win the award. Basen is the fifth Charlotte athlete and Aleman the eighth Billiken to earn the honor. Cherok gives Duquesne 13 Postgraduate honorees, the most of any A-10 institution. This marked the fourth straight year Saint Louis has had an honoree and the third straight year for Dayton.
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