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Daniel Lauletta, Coordinator of Sports Info
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NCAA Grants Former Volleyball Standout Brittany Biddle Division II Degree Completion Award

Monday, July 7, 2014 - Newark, Del.

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Brittany Biddle played four year with the volleyball program and ranks second in the all-time record books in blocks. Copyright 2013; Wilmington University, All Rights Reserved. Photo by Mark Tetreault.

Copyright 2013; Wilmington University. All rights reserved. Photo by Paul Patton.

Former Wilmington University middle hitter Brittany Biddle has been awarded a NCAA Division II Degree Completion Award, providing the former volleyball standout financial assistance to complete her first baccalaureate degree.

In order to be a candidate for the award, students must have exhausted their athletics eligibility and have once received athletics financial aid. The applicant must be within 32 semester hours of completion of his or her first undergraduate degree at the completion of the spring term, and carry greater than a 2.50 cumulative grade-point average.

“I am grateful to the NCAA for this scholarship because it will allow me to ease the financial burden on my family and enable me to focus on completing my degree and fulfilling my dream of becoming a teacher,” Biddle said.

Biddle, who completed her fourth year of competition this past fall for the Wildcats, will be student teaching at an elementary school in the Brandywine School District this fall to complete her Elementary Education: K-6 degree from Wilmington University.

This pas year, Biddle led the Wildcats to a 23-10 overall record and a second straight Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference South Division Regular Season title. She finished with 1.98 kills per set as a senior, hitting a CACC third best .281 above the net. She also collected 74 blocks, moving up to second all-time in the history of the Wildcat volleyball program.

“I enjoyed my time as a student-athlete at Wilmington and appreciate all the opportunities afforded to me by the University, athletics department, and volleyball program,” Biddle continued. “It’s a great honor to be nominated among so many worthy and outstanding candidates. It is a wonderful program offered by the NCAA, showing they truly do value the effort student-athletes put in during their time on the court and in the classroom.”

Biddle carries a perfect 4.0 grade point average into this coming academic year.

The CACC had four members that were awarded a Division II Degree Completion scholarship, joining a pair from Holy Family University and one from Felician College. In all, NCAA Division II awarded 81 former student-athletes with a Degree Completion Scholarship.

To date, nearly $4 million has been given to approximately 1,000 deserving student-athletics since the program started in 2001. Of those student-athletes who have received the award since its inception, 94 percent have earned their undergraduate degree using this program.