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Kelly Curtis One of 26 Nationally to Receive an NCAA Ethnic Minority and Women’s Enhancement Scholarship

Kelly Curtis Indianapolis, Ind. – March 1, 2012Kelly Curtis of Springfield College will receive an NCAA Ethnic Minority and Women’s Enhancement Scholarship as announced by the NCAA yesterday.

A senior on the Springfield College track & field team, Curtis has been more than a valuable contributor to the squad. A transfer from Tulane University and native of Princeton, N.J., Curtis made a tremendous splash last year when she won the heptathlon at the prestigious Penn Relays in Philadelphia.

She currently owns at 3.97 GPA and is majoring in Sport Management at Springfield College.

Curtis was one of 26 scholarship recipients overall, and one of only 13 to receive the Ethnic Minority portion of this award. She was one of only three athletes representing Division III colleges and universities to earn this award in 2012. The scholarship is worth $6,000.

Kelly intends to matriculate at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. She will major in Sports Industry Management.

“My plan for a career in athletics began, in a way, when I was born,” said Curtis. “My father was an athletic director for over 20 years in the public school systems of Newark, N.J. and Princeton, N.J. Ultimately, I plan on becoming an athletic director at an NCAA institution.

“Several people from Springfield College helped me to obtain this scholarship,” said Curtis. “I must acknowledge Jim Pennington (Head Women’s Coach), Kiki Jacobs (Associate Athletic Director), Charlie Redmond (Faculty Athletic Representative), and Dr. Kenneth Wall (Professor of Sport Management) and thank them for their letters of recommendation.”

“Kelly Curtis is very deserving of this award,” said Pennington, “not only for her tremendous athletic accomplishments, but also for her very high academic standards. She continues to be a wonderful representative of Springfield College.”

A year ago, Curtis also finished first in the New England Division III Championships in the indoor pentathlon, and ultimately placed 13th in the same event at the NCAA Division III Indoor National Championships.

Then last spring, Curtis finished fourth at the NCAA Division III Outdoor National Championships in the heptathlon at Delaware, Ohio. She was named the NEWMAC Women’s Field Athlete of the Year, and later the USTFCCCA New England Field Athlete of the Year.

This year, Curtis again finished first in the New England Division III Championships in the indoor pentathlon just two weeks ago, and then placed fourth in the New England All-Division Championships. She will compete at the ECAC’s at the Armory in New York City this weekend.

She has high athletic aspirations once again this spring.

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