UWA’s Vickers earns Division II Degree-Completion Award

Published 4:21 pm Friday, May 31, 2013

LIVINGSTON – University of West Alabama softball player Tamara Vickers has earned an NCAA Division II Degree-Completion Award to finish her baccalaureate in Psychology at UWA.

A member of the Gulf South Conference Honor Roll, Vickers was also an all-conference and all-region selection as a player. In addition to her 3.05 grade point average, Vickers batted .304 with nine doubles and 17 runs batted in as the Tigers designated player as a senior during the 2013 season.

According to the NCAA website, the NCAA established the Division II Degree-Completion Award Program in 2001 to provide deserving student-athletes financial assistance for them to complete their first baccalaureate degree.  Candidates are students who have exhausted their athletics eligibility and have received athletics financial aid.

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The selection process for the national award emphasizes the academic performance of the student-athlete. Other factors considered are financial circumstances, athletic achievement and involvement in campus and community activities.

Of those student-athletes who have received the award since its inception, 94 percent have earned their undergraduate degree using this program.