July 2, 2014
CLEVELAND, Ohio - Former East Carolina softball player Priscilla Velasquez is one of 10 finalists for the 2014 John McLendon Postgraduate Scholarship as announced by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Wednesday.
Five winners will be selected, each receiving a $10,000 scholarship to be used towards postgraduate studies in athletics administration. Minorities who intend to pursue a postgraduate degree in athletics administration are eligible for these scholarships. Students were required to have a minimum grade point average of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale and have demonstrated leadership qualities on an institutional or community level.
Velasquez came to ECU in 2009 after a successful prep career at La Quinta (Calif.) High School. In her four years in purple and gold, she played an integral part in helping the Pirates capture their first league regular-season title as well as back-to-back Conference USA Tournament crowns and NCAA Tournament Regional final appearances.
She finished her collegiate career with a .216 batting average, 77 hits, 58 RBIs, six home runs and nine doubles in 124 starts. As a junior, Velasquez was named the C-USA Tournament Most Valuable Player after driving in seven runs during three contests, including four in the Pirates' victory over Tulsa in the title game with a three-run home run and bases-loaded walk. The La Quinta, Calif., native capped her senior season with a single-season career best in hits (33), home runs (3), RBIs (24), slugging percentage (.341), stolen bases (2), and assists (37).
Velasquez graduated from East Carolina University in May 2012 with a degree in social work.
The finalists' names were forwarded to the John McLendon Memorial Minority Blue Ribbon Committee by the John McLendon Awards Selection Committee for final consideration. The selection committee consists of several respected minority athletics directors and administrators, including past McLendon scholarship recipients.