KINGSTON, R.I. — Recent Rhode Island graduate Meghan Ellis ('18) is one of 14 Atlantic 10 student-athletes nominated for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award. One of the most prestigious NCAA awards, the Woman of the Year Award was established in 1991 to celebrate the achievements of women in intercollegiate athletics. Now in its 28th year, the NCAA Woman of the Year award honors graduating female college athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves in academics, athletics, service and leadership throughout their collegiate careers.
A four-year starter for the Rhode Island women's rowing team, Ellis led the Rams to their second Atlantic 10 title and second NCAA Championship appearance of her career in 2018. The Bedford, N.H. native is a two-time A-10 All-Conference selection, having earned first-team honors this spring after being named to the second team in 2017.
Also a three-time CRCA Scholar Athlete Award winner and a two-time Academic All-Conference selection, Ellis earned her degree in Public Relations while minoring in Leadership Studies. With a 3.86 cumulative grade-point average, she earned Dean's List recognition all eight semesters of her college career.
Outside of competition, Ellis was a two-year president of Rhode Island's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) while also serving as a URI 101 mentor and URI Student-Athlete Mentor. During the summer of her junior year, she participated in Coach for College, a program which allowed her to travel to South Vietman and spend three weeks educating disadvantaged youth.
Chosen as URI's honoree for the 2018 Rhode Island Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women Distinguished Athlete of the Year, Ellis also was one of nine athletes from the A-10 chosen to attend the NCAA's Career in Sports Forum in Indianapolis earlier this summer. In February, while interning with URI's Sports Communications office, she served as the on-site media coordinator for the 2018 Atlantic 10 Indoor Track and Field Championships.
The A-10's Senior Woman Administrators will vote to select two student-athletes who will represent the Atlantic 10 Conference as 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year finalists.
After the Atlantic 10 and all other leagues have selected up to two conference nominees, the Woman of the Year selection committee, made up of representatives from the NCAA membership, will then choose the top 30 honorees — 10 from each division. From the top 30, the selection committee determines the top three honorees from each division and announces the nine finalists. The NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics then chooses the 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year from those nine. The top 30 honorees will be recognized and the 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year will be announced at the annual award ceremony Oct. 28 in Indianapolis.