Hill earns MACDA postgraduate scholarship

Nicole Hill (c) 2016 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Nicole Hill (c) 2016 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

WESTMINSTER, Md. – Nicole Hill (Bowie, Md./Bowie), a senior on the McDaniel women's soccer and track and field teams, has won the 2017 Maryland Association of College Directors of Athletics (MACDA) postgraduate scholarship, announced on Friday.

Hill was one of three recipients of the annual award, joining Megan Knoblock of Division I Towson and Ronald Krsolovic of Harford Community College. Hill was the recipient from the Division II or III institutions.

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 or NJCAA competition. Each recipient will receive a non-renewable, one-time grant of $500 upon her 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.

Hill was a four-year starter at forward for the women's soccer team. She established a new program record with 34 career assists and finished her career second all-time with 96 career points and fifth all-time with 31 career goals. She was a four-time all-conference performer, including earning a first-team nod as a junior and senior. She was also a second-team all-region honoree in 2015 and 2016.

In one season of indoor track and field, she won the silver medal in the 60 at the conference championship. She was also part of the 4x200-meter relay that qualified for the ECAC championship, turning in a top-five all-time time. She also ranks fourth all-time in the 60.

Hill was an Arthur Ashe Sports Scholar Award recipient in 2015, was named to the Dean's List four times, four-time Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll member and was tabbed CoSIDA Academic All-District as a junior. She also was an NCAA Ethnic Minority Grant recipient and has done extensive volunteer work with the Boys' and Girls' Club, Hoodies for Kids Project, Operation Christmas, and FCA.

She graduated with a 3.51 grade-point average in business administration this spring and will pursue her master's at McDaniel in human resource development.