INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The NCAA has selected nine outstanding women as finalists for the 2011 Woman of the Year award, and among the nine is Michaela Calnan, a graduate of Bowdoin College.
Calnan is one of three Division III student-athletes among the nine finalists. The Woman of the Year award will be presented Oct. 16 in Indianapolis.
A video featuring Calnan discussing leadership is available on the NCAA's YouTube channel.
The nine finalists, along with the other honorees who made the Top 30, will be invited to Indianapolis for the Woman of the Year festivities. The award weekend will include a community service project that gives honorees the opportunity to interact with young girls in the city of Indianapolis and serve as role models for them. The NCAA will also host a reception in their honor.
The NCAA's Woman of the Year Award, now in its 21st year, honors female student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in academic achievement, athletic excellence, community service and leadership. Every NCAA member institution is encouraged to honor its top graduating female student-athlete by submitting her name for consideration. Each conference assesses the eligibility of its members' nominees and selects at least one student-athlete to represent the conference.
To be eligible for the award, a female student-athlete must have completed eligibility in her primary sport by the end of the 2011 spring season, graduated no later than the end of the summer 2011 term and achieved a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.5. The NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics selects the national winner from the nine finalists.
Last year's NCAA Woman of the Year was Justine Schluntz, a 2010 Rhodes Scholar, swimmer and mechanical engineering major, from the University of Arizona.