Spartanburg, S.C. – Furman women's soccer's Maggie Grisell and volleyball's Jo Wilks have been named Southern Conference Graduate Scholars, the league announced Wednesday. The two will be honored for their accomplishments, along with eight other Southern Conference student-athletes, at the Southern Conference Honors Dinner in Hilton Head, S.C., on Wednesday, June 1.
Grisell, one of two recipients of the Mike Wood Graduate Scholarship, helped the Paladin women's soccer team to a Southern Conference Tournament title and NCAA Tournament berth before recently being named a recipient of an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. She is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Eta Sigma, and Upsilon Pi Epsilon. Grisell serves as an SGA class representative, a STEM mentor, a Vice-President for Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and as a Bible study leader for her soccer team.
The Indiatlantic, Fla., native also participated in the Cothran Center FOCUS program and in May Experience She sports a GPA of 3.92 and was named to the Southern Conference Academic Team in all four of her seasons of competition. Grisell also won the 2015 Babb Memorial Award, Furman's President's Award and is the 2015-16 recipient of Furman's Elizabeth Blackwell Academic Achievement Award.
Wilks, recipient of the Innovative Office Solutions Scholarship, led the volleyball team to a Southern Conference Tournament title and NCAA Tournament berth as a senior. She boasts a 3.76 GPA and is a four-time member of the SoCon Academic Honor Roll and SoCon Academic All-Conference Team, a seven-semester member of Furman's Dean's List and a recipient of the Commissioner's Medal in 2014.
The Union Grove, Wisc., native and 2012 SoCon Freshman of the Year was a three-time All-Conference honoree, set Furman's all-time career assists record and was named this year's SoCon Tournament Most Outstanding Player. She is a two-time captain of the volleyball team and has served as an Athletic Service Board member, as well as a Livewell Greenville member and Physical Activities Center student worker. Wilks also received Furman's 2015-16 Student-Athlete Achievement award.
The recipients are nominated by their schools and selected by the Southern Conference Graduate Scholar Committee. The scholarships, worth $2,000 each, are awarded to student-athletes about to receive their undergraduate degrees who intend to pursue advanced degrees in graduate or professional school. The student-athletes are evaluated on academics, athletics and community service.
Chandler Carver, Furman Sports Information