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NSU softball player earns prestigious award
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Kelee Grimes is 5-5 with 3.50 ERA. She has record 85 strikeouts in 57 1/3 innings pitched.
				      Photo by Gary Hardamon
Kelee Grimes is 5-5 with 3.50 ERA. She has record 85 strikeouts in 57 1/3 innings pitched. Photo by Gary Hardamon
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Northwestern State pitching star Kelee Grimes, who ranked among NCAA softball’s top pitchers as a junior last season, is one of 26 recipients of a 2012 Ethnic Minority and Women’s Enhancement Scholarship awarded by the NCAA.

Grimes, a senior from Pineville, will be formally awarded a $6,000 postgraduate scholarship in June at the NCAA’s Career in Sports Forum. Grimes plans to enroll in NSU’s Sports Administration program in the Health and Human Performance department.

“I have been privileged to serve on athletic committees that have exposed me to the opportunities available to women in the administration side of sports,” Grimes said. “The experience I have gained through my work with the department staff and the women that work in our academic center has inspired me to work with student-athletes.”

Grimes is on pace to graduate in May, majoring in business administration with a minor in fashion merchandising. She plans to pursue a master’s degree in order to apply herself in a career in collegiate athletics.

"In addition to the fact that Kelee is one of a select few student-athletes nationwide to be so honored, it is even more exciting to me because of the fact that her advance degree and career plans involve working in the field of intercollegiate athletics,” NSU Athletics Director Greg Burke said. “She certainly is going to be an asset to any athletic department that is fortunate enough to have her on staff."

The Ethnic Minority and Women's Enhancement Postgraduate Scholarship for Careers in Athletics programs were developed by the NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics and the NCAA Minority Opportunities and Interests Committee. The NCAA awards 13 scholarships to ethnic minorities and 13 scholarships to female college graduates who will be entering their initial year of postgraduate studies.

In order to be selected, applicants must have performed with distinction as a student body member at their respective undergraduate institution. The applicant's involvement in extracurricular activities, course work, commitment to pursuing a career in intercollegiate athletics and promise for success in such a career is considered.

 "From the moment Kelee set foot on campus, and even during her recruiting visit, it was apparent she had the drive and dedication to be a special student-athlete at NSU,” Burke said. “She has worked hard to be a complete Division I student-athlete, while carrying herself in a professional and humble manner, and is a most deserving recipient of this prestigious NCAA postgraduate scholarship."

 On the field, Grimes has a thrown two career no-hitters and is a two-time Southland Conference Pitcher of the week winner and also won LSWA Pitcher of the Week last week. She was named to the 2011 SLC All-Academic Team, All-Louisiana Collegiate Softball Team and Capital One All-Academic District VI Team.

 This season, Grimes was named to the 2012 Preseason All-SLC Second Team after ranking 18th nationally with a 1.51 ERA in 2011. She currently leads the team with five wins, a 3.30 ERA and 85 strikeouts in 57.1 innings.
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