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Future Looks "Rosie" for Neumann Senior

Rosabeth "Rosie" Kays


Rosabeth "Rosie" Kays is in very rare company. She is one of just 13 young women in the country to receive a 2014 NCAA Women's Enhancement Program Postgraduate Scholarship.


The scholarship is a $7,500 award for the 2014-15 academic year. Recipients must be enrolled in a sports-related program as a full-time graduate student. Rosie has already been accepted to qualified programs at Barry University, Drexel University, Temple University, the University of Connecticut, and Virginia Commonwealth University. She's weighing her options and negotiating for graduate assistantships.


"I was ecstatic when I found out about the scholarship," admits the sport and entertainment management major from Palmyra, PA. "I want to be an athletic director at a small college or university, so a graduate degree in this field fits my career plans perfectly."


As an added bonus, scholarship recipients get to attend the NCAA Career in Sports Forum (CSF), scheduled for June 5-8 at the NCAA national office in Indianapolis, Indiana. The CSF is an educational event about careers in sports with a primary focus on intercollegiate athletics. It gives 200 selected student-athletes the opportunity to network and learn from current athletic professionals. Scholarship recipients' expenses (airfare, lodging and meals) are covered by the NCAA.


Sarah Kurpel, senior woman administrator in the Athletic Department, urged Rosie to apply for the scholarship in October of last year. Requirements included an online application, an essay about career goals, and three letters of recommendation.


During her years at Neumann, Rosie played soccer and served as a Presidential Ambassador, Resident Assistant, and Orientation Leader. She also excelled in the classroom, gaining membership to the Delta Pi Epsilon Sigma National Honor Society as well as the Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society. In addition, she completed internships with the Middle Atlantic Conference, West Chester University and Neumann University.


She is the second student-athlete from Neumann University to receive this award. The first was former volleyball standout Emilee Gruse in 2011.


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