St. Louis, Mo., July 18, 2019 – Taylor Arends, a 2019 Washington University in St. Louis graduate, was awarded a 2019 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, an honor which is granted to student-athletes that excel both academically and athletically while also serving as leaders in the community.
Arends receives a $10,000 scholarship to be used for postgraduate study. She begins pursuing a Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Regis University in Denver in the fall.
Arends was a Third-Team National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Midwest Region and first-team all-University Athletic Association (UAA) selection as a senior. She started 33 games at third base and hit a team-best .408 with seven doubles, three triples and 20 RBIs. Arends ranked first in the conference in on-base percentage (.483) and third in batting average, and was named the UAA Hitter of the Week on March 11.
A three-time all-Region and four-time all-UAA selection, Arends started all 151 games in her career and ranks fifth in WashU school history in hits (190) and sixth in runs scored (127) and batting average (.393).
Arends also excelled in the classroom during her four years on the Danforth Campus.
She was a 2019 Google Cloud Division III First-Team Academic All-America selection, and is the third player in the 20-year history of the program to earn three Academic All-America citations. Arends was a first-team selection in 2018 and a third-team honoree in 2017. She is the 13th player in WashU school history across all sports to be named a three-time Academic All-American.
A three-time Google Cloud Academic All-District and Academic All-UAA selection, Arends graduated with a 3.96 grade point average while majoring in psychological and brain sciences with a minor in healthcare management.