COLLEGE PARK, Md. – FFour graduating Maryland student-athletes and four former Terrapins were awarded M Club Rodman Postgraduate Scholarships in 2022. The M Club awards $ 5,000 scholarships each year to former student-athletes who are looking to continue their post-graduation education.
This year’s senior recipients are Leksana Andrews ’22 (Gymnastics), Sara Cohn ’22 (Women’s Basketball Manager), Katie Dustin ’22 (Softball), and Christine Laurie ’22 (Track & Field). The four alumni recipients are Noah Barnes ’20 (Football), Nadia Hackett ’21 (Track & Field), Chloe Prejean ’21 (Volleyball) and Caleb Walls ’20 (Baseball).
These former student-athletes have demonstrated excellence in athletics and academics during their time at the University of Maryland, received at least one varsity letter from the University of Maryland, have earned, or will earn by May 2022, a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland, must not be an active member of a college athletics roster in the 2022-2023 academic year, and have applied to (or enrolled in) a graduate program in an accredited institution for the purpose of pursuing an advanced degree.
“The M Club Rodman Postgraduate Scholarship Program exemplifies our mission of ‘Athletes Helping Athletes,'” said Executive Director of the M Club and Director of Alumni Engagement Laura Chiriaco. “We are proud to award $ 40,000 in postgraduate scholarships to deserving student-athletes this year, which is the most we have ever awarded in a single year. I want to thank our selection committee, composed of former Maryland student-athletes, for their time and dedication to selecting this year’s winners.Thank you to all of this year’s applicants for sharing your stories about how your experience as a student-athlete shaped your career development.And thank you to the Rodman family for making this scholarship possible through your generous support of the M Club. Congratulations to this year’s winners! ”
“We are thrilled to be able to offer scholarships to record a high number of eight recipients for our M Club Rodman Postgraduate Scholarships this year,” said Marjorie Baker (Track & Field ’02), chair of the selection committee. “They are an extremely deserving group that embodied exactly what it meant to be a University of Maryland student-athlete. Our committee was so impressed with how each individual truly took advantage of all that Maryland offers on the field, in the classroom, and through The many leadership opportunities offered through UM.We loved how they told stories about how their time at Maryland truly shaped who they were as individuals or how it shed light on their future career paths.Our recipients include past Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) Presidents and Representatives, Pre-Health Terps, Gossett Fellows, and InTERPship participants, and they represent all competitive seasons.They are truly Maryland Made and we are proud to be able to support them in their next chapter for post-secondary education as they carry on as Terps for Life.We wish them the very best of luck and feel fortunate to live our motto of “Athletes Helping Athletes” as we help them pursue their post-graduate goa ls. “
The M Club Rodman Postgraduate Scholarship was established in 2006 with a $ 260K gift in the form of a life insurance policy for Leonard Rodman, a former Maryland Boxer and graduate of the class of 1943. Since his death, Rodman’s endowment has allowed the M Club to award nearly $ 250,000 in postgraduate scholarship support to 46 Maryland student-athletes to continue their education. In 2012, Rodman was inducted into the Maryland Athletics Hall of Fame posthumously for meritorious service in recognition of his lifelong commitment to Maryland student-athletes. Rodman’s son, Roy, and grandson, Nolan, now continue his legacy of Athletes Helping Athletes through their ongoing generous support of the M Club and Maryland Athletics.