Athletes Snare Post Grad Scholarships


ST. LOUIS – Maryville University’s Ryan Duncan and Vanda Wilder have been named the recipients of the 2006-07 St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC) Post Graduate Scholarships.

Duncan, a graduate of CBC High School, was a four-year letter winner and starting pitcher on the Saints baseball squad. He compiled a career record of 16-11 and had a 4.30 ERA in 184.1 innings pitched. Duncan also finished his career with 106 strikeouts in 36 appearances and was named First Team All-SLIAC as a junior and Second Team All-SLIAC as a senior.

Wilder, a graduate of Lindbergh High School, was a four-year letter winner in cross country. She earned All-SLIAC honors as a freshman, sophomore and senior, and she also helped lead the Saints to the SLIAC Championship as a freshman in 2003. Both Duncan and Wilder will be pursuing their master’s in physical therapy at Maryville.

The SLIAC Post Graduate Scholarship Award program was started in 2002-03, and at least one Maryville graduate has received the award every year but one. The winners, one male and one female, are chosen annually by the NCAA faculty athletic representatives of the ten conference schools. Previous Maryville award winners include Kevin Bartow (2002-03), Maureen Walterbach (2003-04) and Christine Basden (2004-05).

Maryville University, founded in 1872, is a private, coeducational institution offering approximately 50 undergraduate, seven master’s and two doctoral degree programs to 3,300 students. Ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of America’s Best Colleges in the Midwest, Maryville University prepares its students for successful and meaningful careers by offering programs that integrate liberal arts with professional studies.

Among Maryville’s most recent graduates, 94 percent are employed or attending graduate school. Approximately 15,000 alumni work and live in the St. Louis region.