PISCATAWAY, NJ - Rutgers senior cross country and track athlete Julie Culley (Lebanon, NJ) is one of 29 female students who have been awarded a $7,500 postgraduate scholarship by the NCAA, the group announced.
Culley, a Marketing and Political Science major, is a three-year captain and Most Valuable Player of the cross country team. In 2003, she was awarded the Co-MVP and Co-Most Improved Player of the track team. Culley, who won the Most Improved Player for the cross country team in 2000 and 2002, currently holds school records in the 3000 meters (9:17.15) and 5000 meters (16:29.84). In addition, she was named to the 2002 All-BIG EAST team and is a three-year member of the All-Mid-Atlantic Region cross country team.
She was named the New Jersey Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women – Woman of the Year in 2001 and 2002. She qualified for the NCAA cross country championships in 2000 and 2002, earning All-American honors in 2002. On Feb. 12, 2004, Culley was one of 26 student-athletes (13 male and 13 female) to win BIG EAST/Aeropostale Scholar-Athlete awards for the 2003-04 academic year. She is also a three-year member of the BIG EAST Academic All-Star Team and Athletic Director’s Honor Roll.
Culley has made the dean’s list at Rutgers the past three years and is a three-time National Academic All-American. She is a member of the Alpha Kappa Psi professional business fraternity at Rutgers, where she served as community service coordinator. Culley has devoted an extensive amount of time helping her school and her community. She collects donations from New Jersey stores for schools, while aiding and encouraging cooperative learning with local children. She participated in the Feed the Children campaign that provided care packages for disaster relief victims and underprivileged families and took part in the Adopt-A-Family Program while serving as coordinator of the local youth running program. In addition, she assisted local elementary schools with their career day functions, took part in the Rutgers Student-Athlete Toy Drive and served as team director for the March of Dimes.
Eligibility for the award is restricted to student-athletes at NCAA member institutions who, in their final year of eligibility, have performed with distinction as members of varsity teams in the sport for which they were nominated. Nominees must have a minimum grade-point average of 3.200 (based on a 4.000 scale), be nominated by the faculty athletics representative or athletics director, and intend to continue academic work beyond the baccalaureate degree as a part-time or full-time graduate student.