March 25, 2011
By Zach Mendelson, Seminoles.com
Tallahassee, Fla. – Senior women’s tennis captain Federica Suess (Ludwigshafen, Germany) was recently awarded with the ACC Post Graduate Scholarship. Each year the ACC awards selected student-athletes – three from each league institution – who intend to pursue a graduate degree following completion of their undergraduate requirements. With this award Suess will receive $5,000 to contribute to her graduate education.
“I think Fede was really surprised to win the ACC Post Graduate Scholarship,” said head coach Jennifer Hyde. “She said she didn’t feel like she has done anything exceptional in her career, but I told her that she is on track to become the winningest player in the history of the program, and that she has stood out academically every semester she has been at Florida State. I know what she does is very common place for her, but there is no doubt that Fede stands out amongst her peers. It’s really wonderful that she was recognized for that.”
The ACC honors those who have performed with distinction in both the classroom and in their respective sports, while demonstrating exemplary conduct in the community. Suess, a Hospitality Management major, carries a 3.9 GPA and is just one win away from reaching the 100 victory milestone. Only two other players in program history (Lauren McCreless and Jessica Sucupira) have reached the century mark in wins. Although she has had an outstanding collegiate career on the courts and in the classroom, the award still came as a surprise to Suess.
“I was definitely surprised, I didn’t expect it at all,” said Suess. “I’m really glad because getting my master’s is going to be really expensive, so this is going to help out my parents. I’m glad I can contribute something to it because I’m not earning any money and they will have to help me out quite a lot next year.”
“Fede didn’t think she was going to win this award,” added Hyde. “I think she sees so many people around her who she feels have done pretty tremendous things in their careers, but she never really turned that lens on herself. It was a big surprise for her, but I think after she had some time to think about it she started to realize that her career has been colored with large amounts of success on all fronts. I am so pleased for Fede and so proud of the career she is having here at Florida State.”
Overall Suess is one of three Seminoles to win the award along with Gonzalo Barroilhet (track and field) and Christian Hunnicutt (women’s basketball).
“I’m just glad to be recognized,” added Suess. “When you put your heart into something it’s great to see that other people take notice. Sometimes it’s not as obvious, but at the end of the day if you do things the right way you will get recognition for it.”