President's Report

Three standout student-athletes receive postgraduate scholarships

Elon volleyball player Ali Deatsch, women’s basketball player Kelsey Evans and football linebacker Blake Thompson all received postgraduate scholarships.

Deatsch ’13 was the recipient of one of two Bob McCloskey Insurance Graduate scholarships. A physics major, Deatsch excelled in the field. The North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities Undergraduate Research Program recognized her for outstanding work in STEM-related undergraduate research. She presented research at the Biophysical Society’s annual meeting in each of the last two years and her abstract was presented at the Multifunctional Hybrid and Nanomaterials Conference in Sorrento, Italy.

In 2011, Deatsch became the first Elon student-athlete to earn the university’s prestigious Lumen Prize, which comes with a $15,000 scholarship, for her research proposal titled "Optimizing Heating Efficiency of Magnetic Microspheres for Magnetic Hyperthermia Treatment of Malignant Tumors."

She was recently elected to the Elon University Board of Trustees. She will serve a two-year term as a youth trustee.

Evans ’13 is the 2013 recipient of the Coleman Lew & Associates Graduate Scholarship. She was a researcher for Elon Brain Care and presented research at the Concussion in Athletics Conference at Penn State last fall. The exercise science major was a team leader of anatomy lab teaching assistants and visited several schools as a speaker and tutor. She was the president of Elon’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and a member of Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honor Society. She is pursuing a graduate degree in exercise science and then plans to attend medical school.

Thompson ’13 has been selected as one of 13 recipients of the 2013-14 Ethnic Minority Enhancement Program Postgraduate Scholarship for Careers in Athletics.

This past summer, he joined the Teach for America movement toward educational equity and equality as a member of the Alabama Corps. He plans to pursue a master's degree in social justice education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

During his time at Elon, Thompson served as a counselor at YMCA camps, a CHAMPS mentor and volunteered with Loaves and Fishes and RCS Head Start. Twice Thompson has served as the coordinator for the annual Phoenix Field Day on campus. He has also served as a student-athlete liaison with Special Olympics. This past year, Thompson was the vice-president of Elon's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. He received the Phillips and Perry Black Excellence Award three times and was an Academic All-SoCon honoree.