Elon men’s soccer player James Carroll ’12 and women’s cross country and track and field runner Katelyn O’Dunne ’12 were recipients of the Southern Conference’s Bob McCloskey Insurance Graduate Scholarships for the 2011-12 academic year. In addition, Carroll received an NCAA postgraduate scholarship of $7,500 to pursue his doctorate in computer science. The latter grant is awarded to fewer than 60 student-athletes nationwide.
In three and a half years, Carroll earned both degrees in computer science and physics and helped lead the Phoenix to the 2011 Southern Conference Tournament championship. Carroll maintained a 3.98 GPA and was recognized as a two-time academic all-district honoree while also being named Capital One Academic All-America third team in 2011.
“Attending graduate school to earn a Ph.D. in computer science will allow me to pursue my passion for artificial intelligence and robotics,” Carroll says. “I can enhance my preparation for entry into a research position after graduate school, and I can continue to develop pioneering solutions in an effort to create technologies with a beneficial impact on society.”
A double major in religious studies and human services, O’Dunne has received numerous academic accolades, including four-time recognition on the President’s List and the 2011 Religious Studies Scholar Award. At the conference level, she is a multiple-time member of the league’s academic all-conference teams as well as the Honor Roll and the Commissioner’s medal. In 2010, she was named to the Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-District III second team.
In addition to serving as team captain in 2011-12, O’Dunne has spent hundreds of hours volunteering through church and community service programs, and plans to attend divinity school this fall.