Appalachian State University women’s soccer player, Amy Werdine (Tampa, Fla./H.B. Plant), has recently been awarded an NCAA Women’s Enhancement Program Postgraduate Scholarship for Careers in Athletics.
The soon to be App State graduate and current President of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) will receive a $7,500 nonrenewable award to be used during the 2014-15 academic year. Werdine has plans to attend graduate school at Louisiana State University beginning this fall in pursuit of her Master’s degree in sport management.
The NCAA scholarship is only awarded to 13 ethnic minorities and 13 female college graduates who will be entering their initial year of postgraduate studies.
“This scholarship is a huge honor especially being one of only 13 female recipients,” said Werdine. “For the NCAA to recognize me that I am deserving of this scholarship means a lot to me and I am so grateful to continue my education at LSU.”
“Amy has been a rock in our program,” said women’s soccer head coach Sarah Strickland. “She has used her natural leadership skills to not only impact our program but also the entire department through her role as President of SAAC.”
“Amy is going to do great things in the future within athletics and will always be proud to be a product of what the App State women’s soccer program, App State athletics department and the Yosef Club stands for.”
As a recipient, Werdine will be required to attend the 2014 NCAA Career in Sports Forum (CSF) in Indianapolis, Indiana from June 5-8 at the NCAA national office. The CSF is a four-day educational event, which brings together two hundred selected student-athletes to learn about careers in sports, with a primary focus on intercollegiate athletics. The CSF is a tremendous networking opportunity for student-athletes to learn from current athletics professionals.
“I have an amazing opportunity ahead of me while I pursue a sport management degree at LSU,” said Werdine. “I looked at a bunch of different schools, but Baton Rouge has always had a special place in my heart and always just felt like the place I should be.”
Werdine will be able to attend school with her sister, Rebecca, who is currently finishing her second year at LSU. While in the Bayou, Werdine will work with LSU student-athletes.
“I’ll be a Life Skills graduate assistant and will help enhance the personal and career development of student-athletes. I will also be working very closely with SAAC, which is very exciting after serving as President at App for two years.”
“Ever since I met Amy she has had a drive and passion to become better that you only find in a few people,” said assistant coach Lindsey Morgan. “She has always tried to find ways to put herself on the track to success and has worked very hard for it. She is very deserving of this post grad scholarship.”
Werdine will graduate this month with a bachelor’s degree in public relations. The senior will graduate with a 3.6 GPA and will have earned four academic all-Southern Conference honors.
“Amy’s exuberant energy enhances any organization or activity she is involved with. Whether that be leading her team as co-captain, serving as President of SAAC or through her contributions as a scholar-athlete,” said director of academics for athletes Kim Sherrill. “Her work ethic, commitment to excellence and sheer determination will continue to impact any program she works with and leave it better than it was before. I hope LSU is prepared to have Amy’s energy light up their world.”
“Amy was truly the rock of the defense for all four years and her fierce competitiveness and commitment helped changed the culture of the women’s soccer program,” said assistant coach Lindsay Cobb. “Her leadership transcended far beyond the women’s soccer program into the Appalachian athletic department through her roles of captain of her team and President of SAAC.”
As a senior last season, Werdine started all 15 games in which she played and scored one goal while working as the centerpiece to a strong back line that helped to secure an eight-win season for the Mountaineers.
“My coaches, advisors and athletic administrators have helped me so much and I’m extremely grateful to have people who care so much about me and my well-being,” said Werdine. “I could not be more excited to have received this scholarship and start the next chapter of my life at LSU.”