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Wednesday, May 10, 2006


MEDFORD – Senior tri-captain Trevor Williams (Clifton Park, NY/Shenendehowa) of the Tufts University men's track & field team was recently selected as one of 58 students in the nation to receive an NCAA post-graduate scholarship.

The post-graduate scholarships of $7,500 each were awarded to 29 male student-athletes and 29 female student-athletes who participated in winter sports. To qualify, nominees must have an overall grade-point average of 3.200 (on a 4.000 scale), 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 themselves, the institution and intercollegiate athletics. He or she also must intend to continue academic work beyond the baccalaureate degree as a full-time or part-time graduate student.

Williams' achievements in all areas of consideration are remarkable. Academically, he combines rare, exceptional talent in language and quantitative skills. He is fluent in French and his coursework in the social sciences, natural sciences, math and humanities is at a level that will earn him the highest honors upon his graduation on May 21. In seven semesters at Tufts, he received four A+ grades, recognizing performance that is the best in the course over several years. A biopsychology major, he has better than a 3.8 grade point average.

"He is truly one of the most intelligent students I have instructed in over 25 years of teaching at Tufts," said Harry Bernheim Ph.D., Associate Professor and Chair in the Department of Biology.

Athletically, Williams was an All-American with the Tufts Distance Medley Relay (DMR) foursome at the NCAA Indoor Championships in 2005. He also ran the 400-meter leg on the school-record setting DMR that time 10:01.33 at Boston University' s St. Valentine Invitational on February 11, 2005. He was an NCAA qualifier in the 4x400 meter relay for the 2006 indoor season. A two-year team captain, he has competed in every eligible meet for his entire career at Tufts.

Williams was Tufts' 2006 recipient of the Teri and Barry Volpert Scholarship awarded to the senior who demonstrates the highest in academic achievement and displays a genuine commitment to community service. He is also a Coca-Cola Scholarship recipient, given to 250 students nationwide from a pool of over 100,000 applicants for academic excellence, leadership in their communities, and their capacity for and commitment to making a difference in the world.

Accepted to every top-end medical school in the country to which he applied, Williams, in his own words, has a desire to "improve the quality of life for others via eliminating the pervasive health disparities that derive from poverty and intense political discrimination. My passion within medicine relates to the utilization of public health as a vector for influence in the global community."

As a coordinator for the Timmy Foundation at Tufts, a group that funds medical relief trips to poverty stricken areas of the world, Williams organized a medical relief trip to the Dominican Republic in March 2006. He is also a member of the Tufts Literary Crops, mentoring children from local public elementary schools. He has also worked with infants and toddlers confined to hospital beds at Children' s Hospital in Boston. During the summer of 2005 he volunteered at an emergency room in a hospital near his home in upstate New York.

"He is ambitious, assertive and driven to make a difference in this world," said Branwen Smith-King, the Senior Woman Administrator at Tufts who got acquainted with Williams through the F.I.T. pre-orientation program and the track team. "He learned the intricacies of balancing academics and athletics, which will serve him greatly in the future."