Senior volleyball student-athlete is one of 29 female student-athletes across three divisions to receive the honor.
March 4, 2004
Indianapolis - University of Pennsylvania senior Elisabeth Kwak-Hefferan received one of 29 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships awarded to female student-athletes across all divisions who finished their college eligibility this past fall. The scholarship is worth $7,500 for her continuing education after undergraduate studies are completed. Kwak-Hefferan, who was named Ivy League Volleyball Player of the Year, is a communication major and a columnist for the Daily Pennsylvanian.
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.
Kwak-Hefferan was named the unanimous Ivy League Player of the Year by the League's coaches and was the lone unanimous first-team All-Ivy honoree. The Wheaton, Ill. native was also named Verizon Academic All-America as voted on by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) for the second-straight season. After a second-team honor in 2002, Kwak-Hefferan received first-team honors in 2003. She is also a two-time AVCA All-Northeast Region team member and received honorable mention All-America honors by the AVCA this season - the only Ivy League student-athlete to be honored.
Kwak-Hefferan is the all-time leader in career kills at Penn with 1,298 and is second all-time in career digs with 1,306. Her resume is plentiful and includes four-time All-Ivy League, three-time Academic All-Ivy League, two-time Academic All-District II honoree and two-time national Academic All-America student-athlete. She has also earned several most valuable player awards at volleyball tournaments throughout her four-year career. A communications major, Kwak-Hefferan finished the 2003 regular season seventh in the Ivy League in hitting percentage (.297) and fifth in kills (3.68 kpg).
The Penn volleyball team finished the 2003 season with an overall record of 20-7 after falling to Pitt, 3-1, in the first round of the NCAA Volleyball Tournament. The Quakers recorded their second-straight 13-1 season in the Ivy League on their way to their third consecutive Ancient Eight title.
Written by Carla Zighelboim