PUEBLO, Colo. (July 18, 2017) – Former Colorado State University-Pueblo Women's Basketball student-athlete and current women's basketball Student Assistant Coach Maddie Beagley has earned a NCAA D-II Degree Completion Award.
Beagley was one of just 102 student-athletes to receive this award from the NCAA. In total, 11 student-athletes from the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, earned this scholarship.
The NCAA established the DII Degree-Completion Award Program in 2001 to provide deserving student-athletes financial assistance for them to complete their first baccalaureate degree. Candidates are students who have exhausted their athletics eligibility and have received athletics financial aid. The selection process for the national award emphasizes the academic performance of the student-athlete. Other factors considered are financial circumstances, athletic achievement and involvement in campus and community activities.
As of last year, nearly $4 million has been given to approximately 1,000 deserving student-athletes. Of those student-athletes who have received the award since its inception, 94 percent have earned their undergraduate degree using this program.
"It puts me one step closer to my goal of being an optometrist," Beagley said. "Transferring between JUCO and D-II, I fell behind. It gives me another opportunity to finish school and not have to do it out of my own pocket. It's nice just to have help and support from somewhere else."
Beagley was a captain for the Pack in each of the last seasons, helping guide Pack Women's Basketball to program wins records in each of her two seasons in Southern Colorado. Coming off the bench, Beagley made 48.4 percent of her shots from the field in her career.
"We were excited to learn that Maddie was awarded this scholarship," said CSU-Pueblo Associate Athletic Director for Compliance and Senior Women's Administrator, Jackie Wallgren. "She worked so hard for us both on and off the court as a student-athlete. This scholarship will help us get her to one more milestone here at CSU-Pueblo: graduation."
"I would like to thank Dr. Dan (Caprioglio)," Beagley said. "He really helped me with this one and the RMAC one I got to help me finish my degree. I'm very thankful for him helping me with that."
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As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.