Saint Joseph's Shields and Slattery Earn A-10 Postgraduate Scholarships

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - Saint Joseph's seniors Erin Shields (women's basketball) and Emma Slattery (women's track and cross country) were recognized as two of just 10 recipients of the annual Atlantic 10 Postgraduate Scholarship, A-10 Commissioner Bernadette V. McGlade announced on Wednesday.

An NCAA Woman of the Year candidate, Shields led Saint Joseph’s to the NCAA Tournament in each of the last two seasons and the 2013 Atlantic 10 Championship. As a senior she had a team-best 14.9 points per game, while setting the single-season mark for three-pointers with 96. She was named to the All-Big 5 First Team and its Scholar Athlete of the Year as well as Atlantic 10 All-Conference Second Team this season. Shields finished her career as SJU’s all-time leader in free throw percentage (90.5) and tied for first in career three-pointers (256). Her stellar senior season came on the heels of a junior campaign where she was named Atlantic 10 All-Conference Third-Team and the A-10’s Most Improved Player.

A two-time captain, Shields was a member of the Atlantic 10 Commissioner’s Honor Roll in each of her four years, earned a spot on the Atlantic 10 Women’s Basketball All-Academic Team as a junior and as a senior and was a two-time member of the Division I-AAA Scholar Athlete Team. Shields also served on Saint Joseph’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, while volunteering with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and Developing Champions Everyday. She also took part in Philly’s Girl Got Game as well as food and sneaker drives.

A senior captain for the Cross Country and Track & Field teams, Slattery was a member of the 2012 Cross Country All-Conference team. A 2012 and 2013 ECAC All-Star First Team Cross Country selection and a two-time ECAC All-East Outdoor Track & Field selection, she was a part of both the 4x800 relay and Distance Medley relay teams that hold current school records. She was named to the 2012 Atlantic 10 Cross Country All-Academic Team, the 2012-13 and 2013-14 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District First Teams and the Philadelphia Inquirer Women’s Cross Country All-Academic team in both 2012 and 2013. She was named to the Saint Joseph’s University Dean’s List, Athletic Director’s Honor Roll and the Atlantic 10 Commissioner’s Honor Roll (2010-2014).

The Kinney Center of Excellence at Saint Joseph’s University, a center to teach and support individuals on the Autism Spectrum, awarded Slattery the Kinney Center Excellence Scholarship given to an individual that shows commitment and passion in their work. A member of the Alpha Epsilon Delta Premedical Honors Society, she performed undergraduate genetic research, worked with SCHOLAR (Students Committed to Helping Others Learn about Autism Research and Support) at the Kinney Center for Autism to create and implement plans to teach skill specific skills to individuals with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, and served as a board member of Center for Developing Everyday Champions, a group devoted to finding more out of the Division I experience through faith, reflection and friendship. She has also served as a board member of AutismU, Saint Joseph’s chapter, which is a collegiate branch of the National Organization Autism Speaks and aims to raise money and awareness for autism research and support. She has volunteered with the Center for Autism Research and Regional Autism Clinic at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Saint Elizabeth’s Giving Tree, Kristen’s Krusade, and served as a tutor for adults working toward their GED.

The 2014 recipients are the first Postgraduate honorees since the A-10 Directors of Athletics voted to more than double the number of honorees from four to 10 awards and in increase the distribution to $7,000 to each student. The honorees were selected from a pool of 40 applicants and features seven women and three men from seven different A-10 institutions. Joining Shields and Slattery as recipients are Juliana Libertin, Sarah Senoyuit and Andrew Steffensmeier of Dayton; Simon Gomez of Duquesne; Lyndse Hokanson of George Mason; Jacob Mortensen, George Washington; Renee Washington of La Salle; and Chelsea Paulin Rhode Island.