Kelly Ruth Awarded Atlantic 10 Postgraduate Scholarship

2009 A-10 Volleyball Student-Athlete of the Year and 2010 XU graduate Kelly Ruth has been awarded an A-10 postgraduate scholarship

2009 A-10 Volleyball Student-Athlete of the Year and 2010 XU graduate Kelly Ruth has been awarded an A-10 postgraduate scholarship

June 7, 2010

NEWPORT NEWS, Va.Kelly Ruth of Xavier, Adam Gross of Charlotte and Lauren Olson and Whitney Roth of Saint Louis will continue their educations with the help of postgraduate scholarships awarded by the Atlantic 10 Conference, it was announced today.

“I congratulate all of the 29 nominees for this year’s A-10 postgraduate scholarships. The field was extremely competitive, which it is a real credit to the four student-athletes selected as they have definitely excelled in the classroom and are deserving of this scholarship award,” stated commissioner Bernadette V. McGlade.

“I have no doubt each will go on to graduate school and experience even more success academically and professionally in their chosen careers. I wish each and every one much success.”

Ruth earned second-team All-Atlantic 10 honors in 2008 and 2009 while becoming the 10th student-athlete in the history of the Xavier volleyball program to amass 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs. A native of Elyria, Ohio, the two-time team captain garnered five A-10 Player of the Week honors during her standout career and finished with a stellar 95.7 percent career average for serve receive.

A three-time Academic All-Conference and two-time ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America selection, Ruth was tabbed the 2009 A-10 Student-Athlete of the Year honor in volleyball; was a member of the Dean’s List every semester; was a five-time Commissioner’s Honor Roll selection; and was the recipient of the Paul L. O’Connor, S.J., Award, presented to a senior male and female student-athlete who best exemplifies the ideals of Xavier University based upon academic and athletic excellence.

A member of the XU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), Ruth boasts a 3.933 grade point average as a finance major and plans to purse a master’s degree in business administration at Xavier in the fall.



A 2009 first-team All-Conference selection, Gross scored a team-high nine goals – including four game-winning tallies – and amassed 24 points in leading the Charlotte men’s soccer team to 11 victories and a berth in the 2009 NCAA Tournament. The Charlotte, N.C., resident was named the A-10 Player of the Week on two occasions in 2009, while his six assists were tied for the team lead. He finished his career with 18 goals and 53 points.

Named an ESPN The Magazine first-team Academic All-America selection in 2009 after garnering third-team distinction in 2008, the senior midfielder was a two-time Academic All-Conference selection; earned the 2009 A-10 Student-Athlete of the Year honor in men’s soccer; was a member of the UNCC Business Honors Program, American Marketing Association and Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).

Gross boasts a 3.56 grade point average while majoring in management. He plans to pursue a master’s degree in business administration with a concentration in sports management at the University of Incarnate Word in the fall and serve as a graduate assistant coach for the men’s soccer program.

A three-time first-team All-Conference selection and the league’s first-ever three-time Setter of the Year recipient, Roth led Saint Louis to three berths in the NCAA Volleyball Tournament and a pair of A-10 Championships. A three-time All-Championship Team selection, the Louisville, Ky., resident finished her career as the program’s all-time leader in assists (5,463).

Twice named to the Academic All-Conference and ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District teams, Roth was a four-year member of the Dean’s List, enrolled in the Saint Louis University Pre-Law Program, and a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. She maintains a 3.73 grade point average in business administration and will pursue a law degree in the fall at the University of Louisville.

Olson anchored the Saint Louis women’s soccer backline during her four-year career, and the two-year team captain is tied for fourth in program annals with 80 games started. A two-time All-Championship Team selection, the native of Plano, Texas, was named first-team All-Atlantic 10 in 2008 and led the Billikens to 52 victories, along with the 2005 and 2006 A-10 Championships.

Twice named to the Atlantic 10 Academic All-Conference team, Olson garnered second-team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America distinction in 2008 and was named to the NSCAA Scholar All-America team. A member of Phi Beta Kappa, the Saint Louis University Dean’s List and the recipient of the university’s Outstanding Communication Student Award, Olson served as Vice President of the SLU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and as an instructor for the Special Needs Soccer Association.

Upon graduating Summa Cum Laude in 2009 with a 3.95 grade point average as a communication major, Olson joined the Marianist Volunteer Program, in which she lives in an intentional community with five other volunteers in an underprivileged neighborhood while working for a non-profit organization supporting adults with developmental disabilities. She will pursue a law degree at Saint Louis in the fall.

The Atlantic 10 Conference annually honors four student-athletes who excel in academics and athletics and are involved in extra-curricular activities. The recipients are required to use the scholarship toward postgraduate education expenses.

About The A-10
The Atlantic 10 Conference was formed in 1976, is currently comprised of 14 member institutions and sponsors 21 championship sports. The mission and goal of the Atlantic 10 is to preserve, protect, and enhance the academic and athletic excellence of our members. The conference is committed to upholding the highest ethical standards and providing equitable championship experiences for more than 6,000 student-athletes, coaches, and support staff. Approaching the 35th anniversary in 2010-11, as a Division I Conference, we salute the outstanding members and leaders that have helped build the foundation of the Atlantic 10. The member institutions of the Atlantic 10 are the University of Dayton, Duquesne University, Fordham University, The George Washington University, La Salle University, University of Massachusetts, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, University of Rhode Island, University of Richmond, St. Bonaventure University, Saint Joseph's University, Saint Louis University, Temple University, and Xavier University.