BOCA RATON, Fla. – Florida State’s Kacy Scarpa was recognized as the NCAA’s Elite 89 Award recipient during the 2014 Women’s College Cup National Championship Banquet Thursday evening inside FAU Stadium.
The Elite 89 Award is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average competing at the finals site for each of the NCAA’s 89 championships.
“Kacy has all the qualities you look for in a student-athlete,” Florida State head coach Mark Krikorian said. “She is committed to her academics and on the field she is as hard working as it gets. She’s a great teammate and just brings so many positive qualities to the team. I am thrilled for her.”
Scarpa, who is a redshirt sophomore, has earned a 3.948 GPA in exercise science. The Lakeland, Fla., native is a two-time member of the ACC Academic Honor Roll. She has been named to the President’s List twice at FSU for achieving a perfect 4.0 GPA and a two-time member of FSU’s Dean’s List.
“As I was sitting at the table (during tonight’s banquet), I was actually studying for a little bit on my phone,” said Scarpa. “I am so honored, it’s something I obviously have to work hard for; it doesn’t come easy. Just to see that my hard work has paid off is a nice feeling.”
“A lot of our women work hard academically so it’s nice for the team and especially Kacy Scarpa to be recognized for that,” Florida State Assistant Director of Student-Athlete Academic Services Cathy Badger said. “Exercise science is not an easy major. She works hard; all the classes that she takes are intense classes, so that fact that she has earned such a high GPA is really representative of the efforts she has put in.”
Scarpa and the Seminoles will face Stanford in the semifinals of the 2014 NCAA Women’s College Cup on Friday, December 5 at 7:30 p.m. inside FAU Stadium. The match will air live on ESPNU.