March 14, 2013
Siena softball senior Shannon Jones is one of 13 student athletes nationally to receive a 2013-14 NCAA Women's Enhancement Scholarship for Careers in Athletics.
"I am excited to start the next chapter of my life and begin my career path and I am grateful for this scholarship," Jones said. "The NCAA has given me endless opportunities throughout my four years here at Siena College and I cannot thank them enough."
The NCAA awarded 26 scholarships worth $6,000 apiece to 13 ethnic minority and 13 female recipients as part of its annual Ethnic Minority and Women's Enhancement Scholarship program. Developed to increase opportunities for qualified minority and female candidates, the scholarships are a one-time, non-renewable award given to college graduates who will be entering their initial year of postgraduate studies.
Jones has also been named a candidate (one of only 30 student athletes nationally) for the prestigious Senior CLASS award. She is the first student athlete in Siena softball history to be nominated for the award.
Jones, a biology major excels in the classroom maintaining a 3.53 cumulative GPA. As a junior, she was named to the Capital One Academic All-District First Team, one of just 11 Division I players in the region to earn that distinction. Jones has been awarded Siena's Leo Dufort Female Student Athlete of the Month Award (May 2012) and was selected to the MAAC's All-Academic team twice (2011 and 2012) and MAAC Honor Roll three times (2010, 2011 and 2012).
She has already been accepted into Sage College's Doctorate of Physical Therapy Graduate Program. Jones is striving for a career in physical therapy so she could help athletes develop a "drive to get back into the game."