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Rick Sykes – NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship

Name: Rick Sykes

Class Year: 2013

Hometown: Wellesley, MA

Major(s): Biology

Opportunity and Year: NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, 2015-16

Project Summary: I am pursuing a Doctorate of Dental Surgery at Virginia Commonwealth University.

How did W&L prepare you for this opportunity? Washington & Lee helped me establish a well-rounded experience in my 4 years. My coaches encouraged academic success and my professors supported my aspirations of competing athletically on the national level. It is this sense of continuing support that enabled me to have a unique and unforgettable connection with the school.

Why did you apply for this opportunity? I applied for this scholarship at the recommendation of Kami Gardner and the W&L Athletic Department.

How will this opportunity help you achieve your goals? This opportunity allows me to further my education and continue to represent W&L outside of Lexington, VA.

Extracurricular Involvement:

I was a 4-year varsity member of the Men’s Swim Team, a member of Phi Kappa Psi and an RA to first-year students for 3 years.

Research Experience:

I was a participant in the HHMI Research Program at Washington & Lee investigating the neurocognitive effects of a high fat diet. I also received a Beta Beta Beta national grant to conduct an independent line of research in my senior year.

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