March 19, 2003

Rivera Earns Post-Graduate Scholarship from NCAA

March 19, 2003

INDIANAPOLIS - Santa Clara University women's softball standout Roni Rivera was recently awarded one of 16 postgraduate scholarships from the NCAA, through its Ethnic Minority Enhancement Program.

Rivera, a senior from Azusa, Calif., has been catching for the Broncos the past four seasons. A second team honoree from the Arthur Ashe Sports Scholar award program last season, Rivera spent last summer as SCU's representative at the 2002 NCAA Foundation Leadership Conference in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. This year, she is president of the Broncos' Student-Athlete Leadership Council. She is set to graduate this spring with a degree in history and has career aspirations of becoming an athletic director.

"Roni is truly deserving of this NCAA scholarship," head coach Marcy Crouch said. "In her tenure at Santa Clara she has been a dedicated leader as the SALC president, as a team captain, and as an active member of the SCU student body. I am excited to follow her career path because she will make a mark in athletic administration."

The enhancement scholarships are designed to create better opportunities for women and ethnic minorities in coaching, athletics administration, officiating and athletics support services.

The recipients are ethnic minorities who have completed an undergraduate degree, and are seeking admission or have been accepted into an NCAA member institution's sports administration or related program that will assist the applicant in obtaining a career in athletics. The one-time award is valued at $6,000.

Applicants must be entering their first semester or term of postgraduate studies and must have performed with distinction as student-body members at their respective undergraduate institutions. The applicants' involvement in extracurricular activities, course work, commitment to the pursuit of a career in intercollegiate athletics and promise for success in such a career are also factors in the selection process.

To learn more about NCAA Ethnic Minority Enhancement Programs, please click here.

The Broncos, 14-12 on the season, will return to the field on Saturday, hosting Illinois-Chicago in a non-conference double-header. First pitch is set for noon at Marsalli Park.

2002-03 NCAA Ethnic Minority Enhancement Postgraduate Scholarship Recipients

Stanley Arnold, Bowie State University
Kenneth Barton, Greensboro College
Tekeisha Bowman, University of Georgia
Ronald Brewer, North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Melody Dark, Methodist College
Amanda Davis, Elon University
Aketa Emptage, Wake Forest University
Tiffani Humphrey, Kentucky State University
Corey Jefferson, Millikin University
David Lance, Marquette University
Alyssa Leffall, Texas A&M University
Roni Rivera, Santa Clara University
Shannon Selmon, University of Oklahoma
Carlos Vega, Kenyon College
Jason Washington, SW Texas State University
Charece Williams, North Carolina State University