News Release, Maryland Athletic Association
Baltimore, MD — The MPSSAA is pleased to announce eighteen winners of the 2020 Minds in Motion Scholar-Athlete Scholarships. A male and a female were selected from each of the MPSSAA’s nine districts. The selection committee conducted an online meeting last week to complete the increasingly daunting task of picking these winners from 650 applications.
Local St. Mary’s County student, Lillian Simmerman of Great Mills High School was one of the award recipients. “I feel incredibly honored to have received this scholarship. It is very gratifying to be recognized for academics as well as my sporting achievements. Maintaining a difficult course load through the STEM program is extremely challenging while pursuing high school athletics. It is such an honor to bring this scholarship back to my county and Great Mills High School as I could not have done this without the support of my amazing coaches and school community.”
This thirteenth annual program has been sponsored by The Allstate Foundation since its’ inception in 2008 and a total of
$152,000 in scholarship funds have been contributed towards empowering and supporting the education of tomorrow’s future leaders. The scholarship recognizes those who have excelled on the playing field and in the classroom. Applicants must be seniors with a minimum 3.25 unweighted overall GPA and have participated in interscholastic athletic activities sponsored by MPSSAA during their high school careers.
“The Allstate Foundation is proud to support these next generation leaders and history-makers from Maryland,” said Shaundra Turner Jones, Allstate Sr. Corporate Relations Manager. “These amazing young students have shown outstanding initiative both in and outside of the classroom. We know that many students and their families have encountered significant financial hardships resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. It is an honor to assist them in their future endeavors and watch them achieve their full potential.”
“My advice to other student-athletes would be to focus on the areas that you are truly passionate about,” said Lillian. “This advice applies to sports, extracurricular activities and classes that you take. Everything you choose to participate in should be something you have a true passion towards, and then finding the time for them will not seem like a chore.”
Lillian’s high school achievements include:
- National & Spanish Honor Societies, Spanish HS Historian, Class Pres. (11 & 12), Best Buddies Pres. (10-12). Participated in Field Hockey (4), Swimming (4), & Lacrosse (4). Team captain the past two seasons for Field Hockey & Lacrosse; 1st team All-County Field Hockey (‘18 & ‘19); Senior All-State All-Star Field Hockey team selection; Hon. Mention All-County Lacrosse (‘18).
- College: University of Virginia