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June 2015

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CAVS FOR LIFE SPOTLIGHT: TYLER WILSON Tyler Wilson is a 2011 UVa graduate and former starting pitcher on the baseball team. He has con- tinued his career in baseball, playing professionally in the Baltimore Orioles organization. Wilson, who was a part of the 2009 and 2011 College World Series teams, won the Lowe's Senior CLASS award in 2011, an award that goes to a senior student-athlete competing at the NCAA Division I level who best embodies community, classroom, character and competition. He was recently called up to Baltimore from the organization's triple A affiliate team, the Norfolk Tides. He feels he's where he is today because of his time at UVa, "My experience at UVa shaped every bit of the person I am today. It gave me the chance to develop not only as a student- athlete but as a man. Through adversity and opportunity I learned how to take advantage of every day and reach my potential," Wilson said. A biology major with medical school ambitions, Wilson still found time to be involved in the UVa and Charlottesville communities. He served as a Student-Athlete Mentor (SAM) for his third and fourth years; was a member of Athletes in Action, an on campus ministry for student-athletes; participated in ACE (Ath- letes Committed to Education), a program that emphasizes the importance of education to youth in the surrounding Charlottesville area; and made the All-ACC Academic team multiple times. Since joining the club in Baltimore, Wilson feels that his experience at UVa is what has allowed him to achieve much of his success. Now a donor to the Virginia Athletics Foundation, Wilson noted the importance of giving back for him, "UVa gave me everything I am as a person, it gave me the life that I have today – my career in professional baseball, my wife, my home, unbelievable experiences and my best friends. I want those who attend UVa after me to enjoy it as much as I did. Giving back as a student-athlete makes a statement. It says I am thankful for all that I was given during my time here, I believe in the mission of the University and Uncompromised Excellence, and I want to ensure that every opportunity is available for the student-athletes at UVa today and those to come." 2015-16 ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS Recipients of endowed scholarships are announced at the annual All-Sports Banquet in May. While the criteria for each scholarship varies, they are based on academic and athletic achievement and individual merit as determined by the coaches and athletics administrators. The Milton G. Abramson Track Scholarship Peyton Chaney | Belleville, IL The Ed Armstrong Endowed Football Scholarship David Dean | Virginia Beach, VA The Paul B. Barringer Scholarship Mikayla Venson | Women's Basketball | Arlington, VA The Mark Bernardino Endowed Swimming Scholarship Natalie Martin | Haymarket, VA The Hedley M. Bowen Scholarship for Football Andrew Brown | Chesapeake, VA The Virginia McDowell Bowen Scholarship for Football Zach Bradshaw | Damascus, MD

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