May 3, 2011

Lupien '10 Awarded NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship

Worcester, Mass. (May 3) -- Leslie E. Lupien '10 has been selected to receive one of 29 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships awarded to athletes across the country for winter sports participation. She will receive $7,500 to use toward her Ph.D. studies in the Experimental and Molecular Medicine Program at Dartmouth College, a program which she begins this September.

"Assumption College maintains a strong tradition of academic excellence for our student-athletes, and Leslie exemplifies that," said Professor Kevin Hickey, the College's Faculty Athletics Representative to the NCAA. "She is the 15th Assumption College student-athlete to receive an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. That makes Assumption number one in the Northeast-10 Conference in securing post-grad scholarships and currently number nine among all Division II NCAA colleges across the country. Assumption also ranks in the top 10 of all New England NCAA teams in Division I, II or III, in securing these scholarships — including Harvard, Yale and Boston College."

Lupien, who graduated with a major in biology and a minor in sociology, was a member of the College's Honors Program and was selected to be Salutatorian. She also received the Augustine Scholar Award, the Marion Scholarship Award, the Convocation Award for Biology and was a four-year recipient of the College's Presidential Scholarship.

Lupien was a four-year member of the women's basketball team. In 2007-2008, the Assumption women's team posted a 22-10 record and advanced to the NCAA East Regional Semifinals. Lupien received the College's Rev. Alfred Berthiaume '32 Memorial Award for Going Above and Beyond in 2009.  In June 2010 she was selected as the Northeast-10 Conference Female Outstanding Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Lupien was active on campus and in the community. She was served on the College's Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), was a staff writer for the student newspaper, a volunteer coach of TOPSoccer in Holden, a mentor at the St. Peter's Afterschool Program in Worcester, and a volunteer reader at the Jewish Rehabilitation Center. She also worked as a volunteer for the Massachusetts Special Olympics, and annually participates in the 135-mile Angel Bike Ride, raising funds for the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp for sick children in Connecticut.

Currently Lupien is nationally ranked in the top 200 female triathletes in her age group. She is working as a lab technician at the M.I.T. Division of Comparative Medicine until she begins her Ph.D program.