Jan. 28, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Former Florida State women’s basketball player and current student assistant Morgan Toles is the recipient of the Third Team Academic Momentum Award, announced today by the Scholar Baller® program and the National Consortium for Academics and Sports.
Toles, a native of Fayetteville, Ga., was one of 40 student-athletes, male and female, who were named to the first, second and third teams. Top nominations were categorized into three teams based on each student-athlete’s academic improvement and the impact each student-athlete’s academic performance had on his or her classmates, teammates, academic advisors, and professors.
After spending her first two seasons at Auburn, Toles transferred to Florida State in January 2011 and spent her final two undergraduate years as a Seminole. She majored in social science while at FSU and earned a spot on the ACC Academic Honor Roll following her first full season played with the Seminoles in 2013.
Award nominations included stories of: overcoming diversity and persevering through academic and athletic adversity, improving grade point averages through determination and intrinsic motivation, implementing programs aimed at ending violence within local communities, actively participating in community service events including Special Olympics and Habitat for Humanity, helping children become educated about the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and dealing with financial and family related difficulties.
Following her senior year, Toles was honored with the Ronalda Pierce Heart Award. The award is named after the former FSU player who passed away in 2004 and stands for someone who represents courage, heart, determination, growth and joy.
In her senior season, Toles played a key role in navigating Florida State to an NCAA second-round appearance. She had the ACC’s top assist-to-turnover ratio at 2.3, and tied for ninth in the conference with 3.8 assists per game as the team’s starting point guard. In her four-year career at Auburn and FSU, which included just four games played in 2011-12, Toles finished with 405 career assists.
Toles is currently in graduate school in addition to her duties with the women’s basketball team. She is studying sociology while assisting the FSU coaching staff with several administrative duties.
The NCAS is an ever-growing organization of colleges and universities that provides opportunities for current and former student-athletes to continue their pursuit of higher education, while working in the community with children to address social issues. Established in 1985, the overall mission of the NCAS is “to create a better society by focusing on education attainment and using the power appeal of sport to positively affect social change.”
Established in 1995, the Scholar Baller ® movement evolved in response to concerns that the student-athlete’s athletics role increasingly superseded the student role. In order to address this issue, the founding members of Scholar Baller developed a groundbreaking program to bridge the gap between education and sport utilizing student-athletes’ passion for entertainment and athletics. As a result, the Scholar Baller program has produced unprecedented outcomes in student retention and academic achievement.
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