Mount Holyoke student-athletes receive end of semester honors


Colby Newsham ’19 and Zakheyah Allen ’19 received postgraduate scholarships from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) to further their academics.

Newsham, a field hockey player from Harvard, Massachusetts, received the NCAA Women’s Enhancement Graduate Scholarship from the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics. Allen, a basketball player from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was awarded the NCAA Ethnic Minority Graduate Scholarship by the NCAA Minority Opportunities and Interest Committee.

Both Newsham and Allen will attend the 2019 NCAA Career in Sports Forum (CSF) at the organization’s national office in Indianapolis, Indiana from June 6-9. Two hundred selected students will attend the four-day CSF event, where they will learn about careers in sports, specifically focusing on careers in intercollegiate athletics. The event is geared towards giving participants an opportunity to network and learn from current professionals in the sports field.

Tamara Mukulu ’21, an active member of both the swimming and diving and track and field teams, and Allen were both selected for the United States Olympic Committee’s Finding Leaders Among Minorities

Everywhere (FLAME) program, which gives student- athletes a unique look into the world of professional athletics. The 2019 FLAME program runs from May 27 through June 3, and will be held at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Throughout the course of the eight-day program, students will increase their knowledge of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic movements. They will have the chance to work on personal and professional development through involved workshops on race, class, ability, gender and sexual orientation. Students will also meet with USOC executives and learn about about setting goals, leadership and self-motivation from U.S. Olympians and Paralympians.