Beach Gardens Native Wins NCAA Scholarship;
Recent Wellesley College Graduate to Enter Law School in Fall
July 12, 2006
Mass. -- Palm Beach Gardens native and recent Wellesley College
graduate, Monique Abrishami, has been awarded a $7,500 postgraduate
scholarship by the National Collegiate Athletic Association.
Abrishami, a scholar-athlete who rowed crew at Wellesley, graduated
with a degree in political science and will enroll in the Harvard
Law School this fall.
“Monique did indeed shine this past academic year as she
clearly did throughout her tenure at Wellesley College,” commented
head crew coach Tessa Spillane. “Monique is one of those
amazing student-athletes who comes along once in a very short while,
the absolute embodiment of Division III athletics. She has been
a dedicated scholar and has become a tremendous athlete and has
been extremely dedicated to making significant progress in both
science major at Wellesley, Abrishami worked as a public speaking
helping fellow students sharpen their speaking
skills for class participation and formal presentations. Last summer
she participated in the Wellesley in Washington internship program,
working for Justice Ann Keary of the D.C. Superior Court. Earlier
this year, she was a finalist for the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship.
She was a two-time winner of the New England Men’s and Women’s
Athletic Conference All-Academic Award.
Abrishami graduated from Suncoast Community High School in 2002.
To qualify for an NCAA postgraduate scholarship, a student-athlete
must have an overall grade-point average of 3.200 (on a 4.000 scale)
or its equivalent, and must have performed with distinction as
a member of the varsity team in the sport in which the student-athlete
was nominated. The student-athlete must have behaved, both on and
off the field, in a manner that has brought credit to the student-athlete,
the institution and intercollegiate athletics. The student-athlete
also must intend to continue academic work beyond the baccalaureate
degree as a full-time or part-time graduate student.
Since 1875, Wellesley College has been a leader in providing an
excellent liberal-arts education for women who will make a difference
in the world. Its 500-acre campus near Boston is home to 2,300
undergraduate students from all 50 states and 68 countries. Wellesley's
distinguished alumnae include U.S. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton,
former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright, broadcast journalists
Cokie Roberts and Diane Sawyer, and NASA Space Shuttle Commander