Graduating senior Tanya Schmidt '12 has another feather to add to her cap as she has been named as one of the West Coast Conference nominees for the 22nd annual Woman of the Year Award. Schmidt was named the West Coast Conference Post-Graduate Scholarship winner in June after being awarded an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship in March. Schmidt is one of two women nominated by the WCC for the award.
The Woman of the Year award honors graduating female student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout the collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service and leadership.
Each year, every NCAA member college and university is encouraged to honor its top graduating female student-athlete by submitting her name for consideration. Nearly 130 female student-athletes, spanning NCAA Divisions I, II and III, were nominated by their conferences for the 22nd annual NCAA Woman of the Year award. Those names are then sent to the Woman of the Year selection committee, which chooses the top 10 honorees in each division (I, II, III).
From among those 30 candidates, the selection committee determines the top three in each division and announces the top nine finalists in September. Finally, members of the NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics will vote from among the finalists to determine the 2012 NCAA Woman of the Year.
The top 30 honorees will be honored, and the 2012 NCAA Woman of the Year winner will be announced, at the annual ceremony in Indianapolis on Oct. 14.