Williams awarded NCAA Ethnic Minority Enhancement Program Postgraduate Scholarship for Careers in Athletics
Feb. 23, 2010
INDIANAPOLIS -- University of Texas Women's Basketball forward Earnesia Williams has been awarded one of 13 NCAA Ethnic Minority Enhancement Program Postgraduate Scholarship for Careers in Athletics, the NCAA has announced.
"Congratulations to Earnie for this award. She's always been diligent, responsible, accountable and goal-oriented," Texas Women's Athletic Director Chris Plonsky said. "She is so deserving of this scholarship to help her further her training and education."
The one-time $6,000 scholarship, to be used during the 2010-11 academic year, requires the recipient be enrolled as a full-time graduate student in a sports-related program. Williams, who graduated in May 2009 with a degree in Education - ALD Youth and Community Studies, has applied to Kinesiology graduate school.
"Earnie has always taken her studies very seriously and has combined a great passion and work ethic in the classroom and on the court," Texas Women's Basketball head coach Gail Goestenkors said. "She's one of our warriors that always puts her heart and soul into everything she does. Earnie is determined to earn her Master's degree, and this scholarship will greatly aid her in achieving her dream. We could not be more proud of all she has accomplished."
Williams, Texas' first recipient of the honor, is averaging 6.3 ppg and 3.9 rpg during her fifth season on the Forty Acres. During her career, she has recorded 958 points, including 42 double-figure scoring performances, and 355 rebounds.
After suffering a season-ending ACL tear on Dec. 4, 2005, Williams was awarded the UT Women's Athletics 2006-07 United Health Care - Jamie Carry Comeback Award. Williams received the 2005-06 Harry and Silky Crockett Endowed Presidential Scholarship, which is awarded to an academically successful sophomore Business Honors student, and was named the 2009 Texas Women's Basketball State Farm Scholar Athlete.