WESTMINSTER, Md. – Kristen Upton (Chalfont, Pa./Central Bucks South), a senior on the McDaniel women's soccer team, has won the 2018 Maryland Association of College Directors of Athletics (MACDA) postgraduate scholarship, announced on Friday.
Upton was one of three recipients of the annual award, joining Kristen Confroy of Division I Maryland-College Park and Brittany Wartman of Howard Community College. Upton 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.
A defender, Upton was a four-year starter for the women's soccer team. She started all 82 games over her career, keying a backline that posted a 1.30 goals-against average over her four years. She also contributed 15 goals and three assists to the offense. The defense posted 42 over her tenure on the backline.
A three-time all-conference selection that includes a first-team selection each of the last two seasons, she led the Green Terror to four straight postseason appearances, including earning three straight NCAA at-large tournament bids.
The 2016 and 2017 Centennial Conference (CC) Scholar-Athlete of the Year, she was named to the CC Academic Honor Roll as both a sophomore, junior and senior. The captain has been named to the Dean's List in each of her eight semesters and was tabbed to the McDaniel Green and Gold Honor Roll each of the last three years. She was also a CoSIDA Academic All-District II first-team selection this fall.
She was the Presidential Scholarship Winner from 2014-18 and has done extensive on-campus research in Design, Synthesis of and Evaluation of Specific Inhibitors of mono Transferases as Biological Probes. Upton has done extensive extracurricular work as the president and co-founder of the pre-health club.
She graduated with a 3.93 grade-point average in biochemistry/exercise chemistry this spring and plans to continue her education upon being admitted to medical schools.