March 1, 2012
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Senior Jen Abrams (Reading, Mass.) of the Providence College softball team and senior Julian Matthews (Nelson, New Zealand) of the Providence College cross country and track teams were both awarded 2011-12 American Eagle Outfitters BIG EAST Institutional Scholar-Athlete Scholarships. The scholarship is a $2,000 grant towards graduate studies.
Abrams is the second Providence College softball player to receive this scholarship. In 2011, Abrams was inducted to Chi Alpha Sigma and earned 2011 Capital One Academic All-District honors. Abrams has been named to the BIG EAST All-Academic Team and has qualified for the Dean's List each of the last three seasons. Abrams also has been a recipient of the Providence College Softball Academic Award, which requires students to maintain a 3.5 GPA. Last season, Abrams led the Friars with 61 hits, 35 runs scored and 100 total bases. In five games this season, Abrams has a .375 batting average, second best on the team.
"Jen has impeccable character, and excels in making good decisions for our program, leading her teammates to unanimously vote her in as captain in her senior year. Her desire to excel in all she tackles can be seen in her academic and athletic achievements throughout her career at Providence. She is well-respected by opposing coaches, who consistently point her out as a player they would love to have.
In assessing Jen's impact on our program, she will leave her legacy as a leader who has positively influenced her teammates to work harder, achieve their goals, and treat those surrounding the program with respect. She has been humble in approach, gifted in athleticism, and understanding of the level of excellence it takes to participate at Providence. I have no doubt that she will impact the MBA program at Providence as she has impacted the campus as an undergraduate, contributing greatly to the learning process of those around her and always pushing to be the best." - Providence College Head Coach Kerri Jacklets
Matthews has been a three-year member of the Friar cross country and track programs. Last season, he earned Second Team All-America honors in both indoor and outdoor track. The accomplishments highlighted a remarkable campaign that saw him earn a spot in three NCAA Championships, advancing in cross country, indoor and outdoor. Already this school-year, he helped the Friar cross country team qualify for the national championships for the 16th time in the last 17 attempts. Providence placed 22nd in the nation.