Hyland Receives John McLendon Minority Postgraduate Scholarship Award

PROVIDENCE, RI – Former field hockey standout Katie Hyland '11 (Riegelsville, PA) has been named one of five winners for the 12th annual John McLendon Minority Postgraduate Scholarship Award, announced Thursday by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and the John McLendon Minority Scholarship Foundation.

Also recognized with a Scholarship Award were Eric Bailey (Oklahoma), Desron Dorset (Rutgers), Simone Jackson (University of Texas at Dallas), and Sherraine Pencil (San Diego State). The winners will each receive a $10,000 grant to be used towards postgraduate studies in athletics administration. Minorities who intend to pursue a postgraduate degree in athletics administration are eligible for these scholarships. Students were required to have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and have demonstrated leadership qualities on an institutional or community level.

A 2010 captain, Hyland was a four-year starter for the field hockey team, earning Second Team All-Ivy in both 2009 and 2010. Hyland graduated in May with a degree in History and was a four-time NFHCA Division I National Academic Scholar and a two-time Academic All-Ivy honoree. During the summer of 2009, Hyland received a Royce Fellowship for Sport & Society. She was also a SAAC representative and a Peer Advisor. Her senior thesis looked at the challenges that four different institutions faced in the decade following the passage of Title IX, showcasing her interest in women's history and intercollegiate athletics, as well as the issues of equity, access and compliance. 

On the field, Hyland started every single game of her career, while breaking the Brown record for games played (68). One of the top four scorers on the team in each of her four years, Hyland finished the 2010 season ranked 4th on the team with 11 points, while leading the Bears with five assists and three defensive saves, a mark that ranks 2nd all-time at Brown and was 2nd in the Ivy League this year. She also ranks 13th all-time at Brown for career points (41), ninth all-time at Brown for career assists (13), and fifth all-time at Brown for career defensive saves (4). Recently selected to play in the 2010 Senior Game, Hyland has also earned four team awards during her career, the MVP in both 2009 and 2010, the Five Claw Award in 2008, and the Outstanding Rookie Award in 2007.

Hyland is currently employed as a compliance intern in the Villanova Athletic Department and hopes to pursue a master's degree in sport management.

Funding for the scholarship program has been provided in part by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), the Cleveland Cavaliers, Major League Baseball (MLB), the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), the National Basketball Association (NBA), the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA), and Sears, Roebuck and Co.