Dartmouth's Schram a Lowe's Finalist
Thursday, February 05, 2009
Courtesy of Dartmouth Athletic Communications
Kansas City, Mo. - Dartmouth women's basketball senior co-captain Koren Schram (Batesville, Ark.) has been selected as one of 30 national finalists for the prestigious 2008-09 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award.
Schram made the first cut as one of the nation's top 30 senior male and female college basketball players who exemplify a total student-athlete. The award - presented annually to the NCAA Division I Student-Athlete of the Year in eight sports - focuses on the "Four C's" of classroom, character, community and competition.
A senior guard, Schram is the only player from the Ivy League among both the women's and men's sides. Of the 30 female candidates, all hail from different colleges and 18 conferences are represented.
A first team All-Ivy selection in 2007-08 and honorable mention All-Ivy honoree in 2006-07, Schram currently leads Dartmouth with 13.7 points per game along with 5.1 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. After injuries limited her freshman year, Schram persevered, bursting onto the Ivy scene to average 10.6 points per game as a sophomore. Last season, she led Dartmouth to its 16th Ivy Championship and the second of her career. The Big Green has made the postseason in each of her three seasons.
Off the court, Schram is a prime example of the best in college athletics. A psychology/pre-med major, she has taken advantage of Dartmouth's quarter-system to further her studies in medicine. This past spring and summer to interned at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and New York Presbyterian, respectively, assisting with medical research. At Dartmouth, she is a well-respected and popular member of the community and a positive role model for local youth.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior Class Award was launched during the 2001-02 season to honor the attributes of college basketball seniors who remain committed to their university and pursue the many rewards that a senior season and complete college education brings.
From the list of 30 candidates for each gender, a national media committee will select 10 finalists for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award in January 2009. Those ten names will be placed on the official ballot for a nationwide vote during the NCAA Tournament in March. Fan balloting will be coupled with votes from coaches and media to determine the male and female recipients.
The official release can be viewed at the Senior CLASS website.
The full list of candidate profiles including Schram's is viewable here.
Lowe's, an official corporate partner of the NCAA, will award winners with trophies during the respective men's and women's NCAA Final Four weekends. Now in its seventh year for basketball, the award has developed into the nation's premier tribute for college seniors. Since originating with basketball, Lowe's has expanded the award to include a total of eight NCAA sports.
The award was conceived by sportscaster Dick Enberg, who continues to serve as Honorary Chairman. It was inspired by the remarkable story of former Duke University basketball player Shane Battier, who could have been an NBA lottery pick but returned to college for his senior season and led the Blue Devils to the National Championship in 2001.
Recipients of the women's award include Sue Bird of Connecticut (2002), LaToya Thomas of Mississippi State (2003), Alana Beard of Duke (2004), Kendra Wecker of Kansas State (2005), Seimone Augustus of LSU (2006), Alison Bales of Duke (2007) and Candice Wiggins of Stanford (2008).
For more information on the award and Lowe's, please visit Senior Class Award.