April 14, 2009
INDIANAPOLIS - University of Arizona senior diver Craig Sheedy has been named one of six finalists by the NCAA Walter Byers Scholarship Committee for its pretigious Walter Byers Postgraduate Scholarships.
The 2009 finalists are Elizabeth Carlton, swimming and diving, Kenyon; Kara Denby, swimming and diving, Auburn; Amy Massey, soccer, Southern California; Tim Masthay, football, Kentucky; Sheedy, swimming and diving, Arizona; and Blake Strode, tennis, Arkansas.
The Walter Byers Postgraduate Scholarships were established in 1988 and recognize the contributions of former NCAA Executive Director Walter Byers. The awards encourage academic achievement of student-athletes. Each Byers Scholar will receive a $24,000 scholarship.
Recipients of the award must have a 3.5 grade-point average (4.0 scale), demonstrate evidence of superior character and leadership and show that participation in athletics has been a positive influence on their personal and intellectual development.
Two finalists, a male and a female, will be selected in April as recipients of the 2009 Walter Byers Postgraduate Scholarships.
Sheedy was a team co-captain and Student-Athlete Advisory Committee member. He will graduate in May with a bachelor of science with honors in biochemistry and molecular biophysics, and a second major in physiology and a minor in Spanish.
Sheedy has contributed three years of biomedical research and is an officer in the biochemistry club, while also serving the department of athletics as an ambassador and peer tutor.
He is also active in the community, having been involved in service projects with the Boys/Girls Club and Grace Home, while also volunteering weekly at the Tucson Medical Center in the pediatrics unit. Sheedy plans to pursue a doctorate of medicine beginning in August at Vanderbilt, aiming to specialize in pediatrics.
He was cited as a co-valedictorian in the student-athlete population, along with track and field's Xeuhan Xiong, at Monday's C.A.T.S. Senior Awards Banquet in McKale Center, along with several other awards for his community service and scholastic achievement.
He carried a 4.) grade point average throughout his studies, has been an active member of the Honors College and was the outstanding senior in his major program. He received the UA's Freeman Medal, awarded annually to a top university student with extra-curricular, community and leadership potential.