Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

April 27, 2005

Whitworth Senior Receives Tug McGraw Scholarship

The Tug McGraw Foundation, named after the Phillies relief pitcher, awarded a scholarship to Whitworth senior psychology major Andraya Nicole Robertson of Prosser, Wash., for her excellence in academics, community service and leadership.

"I was pretty excited to win the award," says Robertson. "It is a national scholarship so I figured that my chances were fairly small. I called my mom as soon as I found out; she was pretty excited, too."

Robertson, who aspires to be a school counselor and a coach, plans to use the award to help pay for tuition to obtain her master's-degree in school counseling from Whitworth College.

Robertson, an athlete on the Whitworth Softball Team, first learned about the scholarship from her softball coach, Teresa Hansen-Laher. Robertson and 18 other essay winners from across the U.S. received scholarships from the Tug McGraw Foundation's Diamond 45 Scholarship Program.

The scholarships were awarded through a competitive application process in whichapplicants were judged on their academic accomplishments, community involvement and leadership ability. Applicants also submitted essays on how the stirring words of McGraw's oft-uttered phrase "Ya Gotta Believe" had an impact in their lives as they competed in their chosen sport or faced a significant personal situation.

"Mostly I wrote about my parents believing in me, but I also wrote about believing in myself, and all of the people who believe in me and how all of that faith got me to where I am today," Robertson says.

The Tug McGraw Foundation was formed by the former Phillies' relief pitcher before he lost his battle to brain cancer in January 2004. McGraw, whose career spanned 21 years with the New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies, formed the organization to help brain-tumor survivors and their families to live well through the funding of pioneering neuro-oncology quality-of-life research and to raise public awareness about brain cancer.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The college enrolls 2,400 students in more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs.


Julie Riddle, public information specialist, Whitworth College, (509)777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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