WASHINGTON — The Catholic University of America field hockey senior Kelly Cousoulis was recognized by the NCAA on Thursday as a nominee for the 2018 Woman of the Year Award which has honored the academic achievements, athletics excellence, community service and leadership of outstanding female college athletes for the past 28 years.
Cousoulis, the 2018 Donley Cup winner (Catholic's highest student-athlete honor) was a dominant force in the classroom, community, and on the field for the field hockey program in her four years with the Cardinals. Since joining the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee as a freshman, where she helped coordinate Brookland Field Day and Polar Plunge, and sought out leadership roles wherever available.
She holds the distinction of earning the following athletic accolades, not once but twice: First Team All-Landmark Conference, League Defensive Player of the Year, First-Team All-Region, and All-American. Just as impressively, this past fall she was named the Landmark Field Hockey Scholar Athlete of the Year.
Additionally, Cousoulis was a member of three different Honors societies – a national honor in political science, an international honor in the Social Sciences, and a second national honor for first-year students. She is a multi-year member of the Dean's List and Landmark Conference Honor Roll. Lastly, Cousoulis was also chosen to be a member of the Catholic University President's Society, which exists to honor those students who combine academics, integrity, university-wide awareness, participation, and leadership demonstrated by their significant contributions to the life of the University.
Rooted in Title IX and directed by the NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics, the NCAA Woman of the Year program celebrates the accomplishments of female college athletes across all three NCAA divisions. In 2018, more than 200,000 women are playing college sports, and the NCAA received a program record of 581 nominations for this prestigious award.
Next, conference offices will select up to two conference nominees to move forward if at least one of the nominees is a woman of color or international student-athlete. Each conference nominee will be notified by the NCAA, and all conference-round nominees will be announced on ncaa.org in early August.
Conference nominations are forwarded to the NCAA Woman of the Year Selection Committee, which identifies the top 10 honorees in each of the three NCAA divisions. From those 30 candidates, the selection committee then determines the three finalists in each division for a total of nine finalists.
The Committee on Women's Athletics will select the 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year from the nine finalists. The 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year will be announced Sunday, Oct. 28, at an awards dinner in Indianapolis.
You can learn more about the award program, next steps and previous winners by visiting ncaa.org/woty.
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