Valle Awarded C-USA Postgraduate Scholarship
June 13, 2011
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Former Tiger softball player and recent U of M grad Janelle Valle has been awarded a postgraduate scholarship by Conference USA, the league office announced, Monday.
Commissioner Britton Banowsky named the 12 recipients of the Jim Castañeda Postgraduate Scholarship, named for the Rice University educator, coach and faculty athletics representative who served the university for 46 years before passing away in November 2008. The conference annually presents the $4,000 postgrad scholarships to graduates as selected by the C-USA Faculty Athletics Representatives and approved by the Board of Directors.
Valle is the second Memphis softball player to earn the honor, after Jenna Kubesch was the recipient for the 2006-07 year. Last year, men’s soccer player Rick Alleman was the Memphis recipient.
A native of Lake Elsinore, Calif., Valle summa cum laude in May, with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology, minoring in criminal justice. She plans to continue her education at Emory University in the biology graduate program, then begin medical school there in 2012 to specialize in pathology in order to become a medical examiner.
Academically, Valle was everything a coach could want of a student-athlete, finishing her academic career with a 3.91 GPA. In May, she was named to the CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-American second team (and was a District IV first-teamer), the first Tiger to be so honored. In addition, she was a two-time C-USA All-Academic softball team member.
On the field, Valle was a standout for Memphis, finishing her career first all-time in Memphis history in saves (3) and appearances (81) and second in starts (53).
2011 Jim Castañeda Postgraduate Scholarship Recipients