PARSIPPANY — Rhode Island’s Amanda Nardella is one of 14 Atlantic 10 student-athletes to be awarded a postgraduate scholarship from the conference. Amanda is a Graduate of Parsippany High School, Class of 2014.
Nardella, a three-year captain of the women’s soccer team, helped lead URI to berths in the Atlantic 10 Women’s Soccer Championship Tournament in 2014 and 2016. She also served as a Student Athlete Representative at the URI Leadership Bridge Retreat, Lambs to Rams Mentor and Captain, and a Locker Room Talk Mentor. Nardella has been a four-year Dean’s List recipient along with being named to the Commissioners Honor Roll. She has also been awarded the Women’s Athletic Academic Scholar Athlete in 2015 and 2016, while also being named the Scholar Athlete of the Game in 2018.
“This is one of our most prestigious and highly-coveted honors that the Atlantic 10 awards its student-athletes,” stated Atlantic 10 Commissioner Bernadette V. McGlade. “Each of our postgraduate honorees are deserving of this award, super intelligent and multi-talented young people! Each will be exceptional leaders and successful in their post-graduate studies. I offer my congratulations to these 14 outstanding men and women.”
A native of Parsippany, Nardella is involved in multiple community service projects ranging from volunteering her time at Rhody Reads, the Mews 6.9K Race Volunteer, a local elementary school, and at Narragansett and Scarborough State Beach.
Earning her undergraduate degree from Rhode Island in Kinesiology, Nardella will be attending Northeastern University for her postgraduate studies in the MBA program.
All 14 honorees will receive $5,000 to contribute towards full-time enrollment in a postgraduate or professional program. Designed to provide graduating student-athletes the opportunity to continue their education, the program awards $70,000 in scholarship funding to former A-10 student-athletes. This marks the fourth straight year the Atlantic 10 has provided the scholarships to 14 individuals, and over the past five years, the A-10’s Postgraduate Scholarship program has awarded $350,000 to 66 former student-athletes.
The selection process, which involves the league’s athletic directors, senior woman administrators and faculty athletic representatives, resulted in a class with an average GPA of 3.74. The class is comprised of 10 female student-athletes and four males, representing six different sports.
To be considered for the Postgraduate Scholarship, student-athletes must have performed with distinction both in the classroom and in their respective sports throughout their career, while demonstrating exemplary conduct in the community.
Source: The University of Rhode Island