Teams: Men's Track & Field: Press Releases
Wednesday, May 10, 2006
TREVOR WILLIAMS RECEIVES NCAA POST-GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP
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.
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
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'
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."