NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - St. Bonaventure baseball senior Sam Fuller has been named the University's recipient of the Atlantic 10 Post-Graduate Scholarship. The prestigious honor is given to a graduating student-athlete from each of the league's 14 members.
Over the last six years, the A-10's Postgraduate Scholarship program has awarded $420,000 to 80 former student-athletes. Each of the 14 honorees receives $5,000 to contribute towards full-time enrollment in a postgraduate or professional program. Instituted to provide continuing education opportunities for graduating student-athletes, the program annually awards $70,000 in scholarship funding to former A-10 student-athletes. This marks the fifth straight year the Atlantic 10 has provided the scholarships to 14 individuals.
"I want to congratulate this exceptional group of Postgraduate Scholarship recipients," stated Atlantic 10 Commissioner Bernadette V. McGlade. "Each of these young women and men have demonstrated a talent for academics and leadership throughout their successful careers as student-athletes. We are proud to award them one of the Atlantic 10's most prestigious honors to assist with their postgraduate education."
Fuller has served as the Bonnies' everyday starter in centerfield the past two years, appearing in 128 career games. He was at his best as a senior: This spring, Fuller led the team in batting average (.325), on-base percentage (.433), stolen bases (16) and runs (34). The Atlantic 10's leader in triples with seven, he also ranked in the league's top-15 in stolen bases (ninth), on-base percentage (14th) and batting average (15th).
For his career, he finished with a .275 batting average along with a .380 on-base percentage and ranks second in program history for triples. In the classroom, he has excelled with a 3.97 cumulative GPA as a biology and history double major to earn CoSIDA Academic All-America honors last year and earlier this spring he was named Academic All-District for the second straight year. Following the season, he was named to the Atlantic 10 All-Academic Team for the second consecutive year as well. He was listed as one of 30 national nominees for the Senior CLASS Award for his efforts outside of athletics – he was active in University Ministries, serving as a lector, acolyte and Eucharistic minister. A four-year team captain, he also served as a biology and chemistry tutor for fellow classmates and also volunteered at a local hospital.
He plans on attending the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences with aspirations of becoming a physician.