Ardolino earns MACDA postgraduate scholarship

Emma Ardolino © 2010 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Emma Ardolino © 2010 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

Senior tabbed as one of three winners for grant

ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. – Emma Ardolino (Freeland, Md./Hereford), a senior on the McDaniel field hockey and women's lacrosse teams, has won the 2010 Maryland Association of College Directors of Athletics (MACDA) postgraduate scholarship, announced on Tuesday.

Ardolino was one of three recipients of the annual award, joining Alice Chen of Division I University of Maryland, Baltimore County and Karisa Carroll of Division III St. Mary's College of Maryland. Ardolino was the at-large recipient.

The MACDA postgraduate scholarships recognize three student-athletes for superior work in the classroom and on the field. The honorees represent three Maryland institutions of higher learning and differing levels of NCAA competition. Each recipient will receive a non-renewable, one-time grant of $500 upon their enrollment in a postgraduate program.

To be eligible, student-athletes must possess a minimum 3.2 grade-point average in undergraduate studies, excel in a varsity sport, participate in leadership activities beyond the playing field and plan to further their education.

Ardolino was a four-year letterwinner for both the Green Terror field hockey and women's lacrosse teams. In field hockey, Ardolino helped McDaniel to the semifinals of the Centennial Conference tournament in 2006 while finishing her career as a three-year starter with two goals and a defensive save in 58 games played. She scooped up 82 ground balls and caused 34 turnovers in four years as a defender on the Green Terror women's lacrosse team. Ardolino was part of the 2007 ECAC championship squad while guiding McDaniel to two conference tournament semifinal appearances (2007, 2008).

She served as the treasurer for the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee as well as the Allied Health Club while volunteering as a fitness test facilitator at the McDaniel Human Performance Lab. Ardolino was named to the NFHCA Division III National Academic Squad all four years and IWLCA Scholar-Athlete plaudits as a junior. She is a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta First-Year Student, Beta Beta Beta Biology, Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership and Phi Beta Kappa Honor Societies as well as being a six-time member of the Centennial Academic Honor Roll.

Ardolino will graduate on Saturday with a bachelor's degree in exercise science and physical education major with a minor in biology and a 3.90 GPA. She will be entering the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at the University of Delaware in June. She is considering practicing as a physical therapist in an outpatient and sports clinic, and wishes to possibly own and run her own clinic in the future.