RICHMOND, Va. – VCU Women's Soccer standout, Kelly Graves, was honored by the Atlantic 10 Conference on Thursday when they announced their winners of the 2019 Postgraduate Scholarship Award. This scholarship is given to one athlete from each school within the Atlantic 10 Conference, and provides them with $5,000 to contribute towards full-time enrollment in a postgraduate or professional program.
Graves, a 5-5 forward from Springfield, Illinois, represented the Black and Gold for four seasons.She graduated from VCU with a degree in Psychology with minors in Statistics and Finance. Her overall GPA of 3.75 was one of the highest cumulative marks on a team that was awarded with the United States Soccer Coaches Team Academic Award. An academic standout during high school, Graves earned all academic honors for three consecutive years before continuing to excel academically throughout college. A great leader on and off the field, Graves is also a longstanding active volunteer at a food pantry in her hometown of Springfield.
On the field, Graves helped lead the Rams to back to back Atlantic 10 Tournament Championship appearances, serving as a team captain for both squads (2017 & 2018). Additionally, Graves won both the team Offensive Player of the Year and Team MVP Awards following her sophomore season. She is a veteran of 77 career games, including 61 starts so far. During her time at VCU, she has scored 12 goals, seven of which came in her senior season. Graves added 7 assists to her stat line, finishing her career with 31 total points.
Graves recieved this award after graduating from VCU with a degree in Psychology and minors in Statistics and Business.
For a full look at this year's 14 scholarship recipients, please visit https://bit.ly/2VWfc78.