Springfield, Mass. – March 23, 2017 - Senior Springfield College women's volleyball student-athlete Lauren Holt (Granby, Conn.) has been awarded a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Postgraduate Scholarship. The NCAA selected 29 male athletes and 29 female athletes from all fall sports and all three divisions to receive a $7,500 award for postgrad study.
Holt becomes just the fourth Springfield College female student-athlete to to earn the scholarship since 2000, as women's volleyball's Tessa Smolinski was selected in 2014 and women's cross country and track's Barbara Swallow and field hockey's Abby Perham each won the award in 2000.
Candidates who excel academically and athletically are nominated by the school's faculty athletics representative and screened by regional selection committees. Recipients are then selected by the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Committee.
After graduation, Holt is headed to the University of North Carolina where she will pursue her Masters in Athletic Training, working with the men's soccer and men's tennis teams at Chapel Hill.
Earlier this year, Holt received CoSIDA Academic All-America® recognition for the second consecutive season, marking just the fourth time that a Springfield College student-athlete has multiple first team honors. Additionally, Holt was the only women's volleyball student-athletes at the NCAA Division III level to earn both First Team Capital One Academic All-America® honors and American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) First Team All-America honors.
An Athletic Training major at Springfield College who currently holds a 3.94 GPA, Holt put together a tremendous senior season, garnering four separate player of the year honors. A first team AVCA All-America selection in 2016 and 2015, Holt was named the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Women's Volleyball Athlete of the Year and Defensive Athlete of the Year. She led Division III this season with a program record 193 total blocks, the second-consecutive year she has led the country in blocks.
During her time at Springfield College, Holt went to the NCAA Championship all four seasons and captured a NEWMAC Championship in 2013. A four-time NEWMAC All-Conference honoree, Holt is the first player in the history of the Springfield College women's volleyball program to repeat and earn multiple AVCA First-Team All-America selections, and just the fourth-player in program history to earn a pair of AVCA All-America honors in her career.
In her four seasons in Maroon and White, Holt appeared in every single match and led Springfield to a 106-27 record, totaling 1,201 kills at a .356 hitting percentage to go along with a program-record 640 blocks.