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INDIANAPOLIS -- The NCAA has announced recently graduated Penn women's soccer player Adrienne Lerner as one of two 2012 recipients of the Jim McKay Postgraduate Scholarship. She is joined by Wake Forest football player Michael Hoag in receiving this prestigious NCAA scholarship.
Established in 2008 to honor the contributions of pioneer sports journalist Jim McKay, the program annually awards $10,000 each to one female and one male student-athlete in recognition of their outstanding academic achievement and potential to contribute to the sports communication industry.
McKay Scholars demonstrate a unique aptitude and commitment to the sports communication industry. They exhibit the highest level of professional integrity, including the principles of truthfulness, accuracy, objectivity, impartiality, fairness and public accountability with the element of compassion that was the hallmark of its namesake.
Applicants must have an undergraduate GPA of 3.5 or higher and have competed in intercollegiate athletics as a member of an NCAA varsity team. They must be currently enrolled in graduate study or be committed to enrolling in a degree program within five years of being awarded the scholarship. The scholarship is open to student-athletes in all three NCAA divisions, participating in all sports.
Lerner graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in May with a degree in classical studies with a minor in political science. She plans to pursue a master's of business administration.
As an undergraduate, Lerner was captain of the soccer team and president of Penn's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. She worked at Penn Sports Network where she performed several duties, including running a camera, show runner and director. She also produced promotional videos for sporting events.
In her application essay Lerner wrote, "Like Mr. McKay, not only do I want to broadcast the sporting event itself, but also explore and present the human stories that are an essential part of the game."
Lerner interned with NBC's "Meet the Press" and for Half Yard Productions, producers of the History Channel's "How the States Got Their Shapes" production -- experiences she credits with developing a love for television production. "Its dynamic nature, team approach and necessary attention to detail fit my talents," she wrote. She will be working for NBC Sports during this summer's Olympic Games.
In addition to her work experience, this year Lerner earned the honor of magna cum laude and was selected as the soccer team's most valuable player and Goldklang Award winner (an alumni award for devotion to her team). She was an Academic All-Ivy (2011) and was a Capital One Academic All-District (2011). Lerner was elected as a member of the All-Time Penn Team, first team All-Ivy (2011), second team Eastern College Athletic Conference (2011) and the NSCAA All-Mid-Atlantic second team (2011).
In recommending her for the scholarship, the supervisor for her internship at NBC Sports wrote: "She has all the qualities you would hope for in a student-athlete: she's inquisitive, self-motivated, hard-working, a team player, quietly self-confident. But Adrienne also showed an uncanny talent for learning the culture and subtleties of a sport in a way I have not encountered among the 70-plus interns I have overseen."
After graduate school Lerner aspires to be a sports producer, managing a production team.