Feb. 8, 2011
Senior Sierrah Oates of the Coastal Carolina University women’s track and field team was awarded the Ethnic Minority and Women’s Enhancement Postgraduate Scholarship by the National Collegiate Athletic Association this past weekend.
“We are thrilled for Sierra for this honor,” Head Coach Alan Connie said. “She exemplifies what it means to be a student-athlete with her commitment to excellence in the classroom, on the track and in the community. She is a young woman who has a tremendous future ahead of her.”
Oates has been a good student throughout her career at Coastal, receiving Dean’s List honors five times and currently holds a 3.45 cumulative GPA. She is planning on going to law school after graduation to pursue a career in either family law or sports law.
“This is a great opportunity for me,” Oates said. “I am very excited to receive this scholarship so I can help others. I am very passionate about helping other people and law school will give me that opportunity.”
This season, Oates recorded a season-best mark in the long jump with a 18’3.25” leap, finishing third at the JRF Combined Events Invitational. She also earned a season-best time in the 60-meter hurdles at 9.01 in the Virginia Tech Invitational.
The NCAA awards 13 scholarships to ethnic minorities and 13 scholarships to female college graduates who will be entering their initial year of postgraduate studies. The applicant must be seeking admission or have been accepted into a sports administration or other program that will help the applicant obtain a career in intercollegiate athletics.
The goal of the enhancement program is to increase the pool of and opportunities for qualified minority and female candidates in intercollegiate athletics through postgraduate scholarships.
Oates and the Chanticleers return to the track this weekend as the squad will split up between the Tiger Paw Invitational and the Tyson Invitational Feb. 11-12