Wayne State junior softball player Monique Alyea was named the school's honoree of the third annual NSIC Butch Raymond Scholarship, sponsored by Sanford Health.
The $5,000 scholarship is given to one student from each of the 16 NSIC institutions who is pursuing a degree and/or plans to work in a health related field.
Alyea, a catcher from Phelan, Calif., is a three-year letterwinner on the Wildcat softball team, maintaining a 3.51 grade-point average while majoring in applied human and sport physiology and physical therapy. She has appeared in 69 games with 46 starts during her three years as a backup catcher and third baseman, hitting a career-high .288 with two homers and 13 RBI's in her freshman season.
To be eligible for the scholarship the recipient must be a senior academically in 2016-17, have a GPA of 3.20 or higher, be participating in intercollegiate athletics and plan to work in a health related field or attend graduate school in a health related field. The student-athletes will be publicly recognized at a home athletic event during the 2016-17 academic year.
The scholarship is in recognition of Butch Raymond, the NSIC Commissioner from 2004-2014. For over a decade, Raymond led the NSIC from an eight team league to a 16-team super conference. During his tenure, the league won 13 team national championships while achieving a high level of academic success.
Other Wildcat athletes to receive this prestigious scholarship include women's basektball player Jordan Spencer in 2014-15 and volleyball player Leisa McClintock in 2015-16.
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