Kelsey Schulte of Jefferson City, Mo., a junior at William Woods University, received the Helen Stephens Award at the co-curricular honors banquet April 20.
This award is presented to an outstanding junior athlete who has achieved excellence in both the classroom and in the area of intercollegiate athletics. The student must demonstrate the talent, discipline and desire that best describes the legacy of Olympic Gold Medalist and William Woods alumna, Helen Stephens.
According to Larry York, WWU athletic director, “The Helen Stephens Award is presented annually to an outstanding junior student-athlete who has achieved excellence in the classroom, excellence in athletics and who has demonstrated outstanding character.”
Schulte has earned many honors as a varsity softball player at WWU. She was named 2009 AMC Freshman of the Year, 2010 AMC Player of the Year, two-time First Team All-AMC, AMC Pitcher of the Week in 2009 and 2011, AMC Player of the Week in 2009, First Team NFCA All-Region in 2009 and Second Team NFCA All-Region in 2010. To date, she is ranked number four in runs batted in during a season and number two in career homeruns at William Woods.
She was recognized as a NAIA Scholar-Athlete in 2010 and 2011 and three-time Academic All-AMC. She also was a WWU Student-Athlete of the Month. She was a member of the softball team that earned the 2009-2010 Buffalo Funds Champions of Character award.
Schulte was the NAIA A.O. Duer Award recipient for the AMC. The award is presented annually to a men’s and women’s student-athlete in any sport who has excelled in character, playing ability and scholarship.
She is a member of DECA, an organization for business students, and has served on the WWU Athletic Council for two years. She was a member of WWU Campus Safety board in 2010.
Schulte is double majoring in sports management and exercise science, with minors in management information systems and coaching.