Former Wilmington University middle hitter Brittany Biddle has been awarded an NCAA Division II Degree Completion Award, providing the former volleyball standout financial assistance to complete her first baccalaureate degree.
In order to be a candidate for the award, students must have exhausted their athletics eligibility and received athletics financial aid once. The applicant must be within 32 semester hours of completion of his or her first undergraduate degree at the completion of the spring term, and carry greater than a 2.50 cumulative grade-point average.
Earning this scholarship has been a huge weight off the former student-athlete’s shoulders. “For me, it was kind of like, ‘oh crud, what do I do now?’” Biddle told Sean Greene in an interview with WDEL 1150 AM News Talk Radio. “Knowing that the NCAA is still supporting and backing me and helping me take this financial burden off is really just a feeling of relief. It lets me focus on my degree, and focus on my classwork.”
Biddle, who completed her fourth year of competition this past fall for the Wildcats, will be student teaching at an elementary school in the Brandywine School District this fall to complete her elementary education degree from Wilmington University. She says she was called to teaching after mentoring a fellow Concord student named Phil when she was still in high school.
“I was so nervous,” Biddle said in the interview with WDEL. “He turns to me one day and says ‘I think I want to read aloud,’ and I said ‘All right Phil, go ahead!’ So he reads aloud and the tears start streaming because I was somebody who instilled that confidence in him, just like my teachers did in me.”
For her four-year playing career, Biddle played in 126 matches and averaged 1.87 kills per set. She hit a remarkable .270 for her career while also collecting the second most blocks (354) in school history. In all, she averaged 0.82 blocks and 2.45 points per set for her career.
“I enjoyed my time as a student-athlete at Wilmington and appreciate all the opportunities afforded to me by the university, athletics department and volleyball program,” Biddle added. “It’s a great honor to be nominated among so many worthy and outstanding candidates. It is a wonderful program offered by the NCAA, showing they truly do value the effort student-athletes put in during their time on the court and in the classroom.”
Biddle carries a 4.0 grade point average into this coming academic year.
To date, nearly $4 million has been given to approximately 1,000 deserving student-athletics since the program started in 2001. Of those student-athletes who have received the award since its inception, 94 percent have earned their undergraduate degrees using this program. Wu