Mary Baldwin Graduate Named Most Outstanding Scholar-Athlete in Nine Colleges

May 24, 2001

Abigail Foley of Birmingham, MI, has been named Most Outstanding Scholar-Athlete by the Atlantic Women’s College Conference. The award recipient is determined by a vote of the athletic directors of all the AWCC schools, based on athletic accomplishments, academic achievements, and campus involvement.

Foley, a 2001 graduate in chemistry and biology, has been on the Mary Baldwin swim team for the past four years. Three of those years she served as captain, and she was named Most Valuable Player for the last two years. She holds sixteen Mary Baldwin swimming records and has won 120 out of 124 races over the past four years. Foley was also named Mary Baldwin Athlete of the Year for 2001. She participated on the tennis and lacrosse teams as well.

Foley served as a Class Marshall, a position held by the two students with the highest GPAs in their class, and was an Mary Baldwin Honor Scholar. She was also a member of the Phi Beta Kappa, Iota Sigma Pi, Beta Beta Beta, and Omicron Delta Kappa honor societies. Foley has been awarded the Alice McCaa Biology Award, the Mary Jane Donnelly Scholar Athlete Award, and the Crystal Campbell Collegiate Female Student Scholar Athlete Award. She was named Chemistry Student of the Year for 2000 and Graduating Chemistry Student of the Year for 2001.

Foley was elected Vice President of Mary Baldwin’s American Chemical Society Chapter as well as Iota Sigma Pi’s Argentum Chapter. She also supported students as well as faculty in her roles as a tutor for biology and chemistry classes, a Peer Mentor, Head Teaching Assistant, and Head Laboratory Assistant.

The Atlantic Women’s Colleges Conference was founded in 1995 and is committed to promoting the highest level of excellence for women in academics and athletics, through organized regular and post-season competition among its members. Mary Baldwin University is one of the founding colleges of the conference, along with Wilson College in Chambersburg, PA; Trinity College in Washington, D.C.; Hood College in Frederick, MD; and the College of Notre Dame-Maryland in Baltimore, MD. Other colleges that have since joined the conference include Wells College in Aurora, NY; Chatham College in Pittsburgh, PA; Bennett College in Greensboro, NC; and Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, PA.

Mary Baldwin University is a multi-faceted liberal arts college in Staunton, Virginia, with three residential programs for women – the traditional program, the Program for the Exceptionally Gifted, and the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership – as well as coeducational, non-residential Adult Degree and master’s programs. Mary Baldwin offers the B.A. and/or the B.S. in 32 majors, the Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) with K-8 emphasis, the Master of Letters (M.Litt.) in Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature in Performance, and post-graduate teaching licensure (PGTL). The oldest women’s college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church U.S.A., Mary Baldwin was founded in 1842 and is also the first women’s college to be granted a circle of the national leadership honor society Omicron Delta Kappa. It is one of only 262 colleges and universities to house a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa honor society.