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St. Etienne Earns Jim Castañeda Postgraduate Scholarship

One of 12 C-USA athletes to receive scholarship

IRVING, Texas. – One week after being named to the Conference USA Spirit of Service team for her work in the classroom, on the track and in the community, Tulane trackster Candice St. Etienne was named as one of 12 C-USA athletes to receive the Jim Castaneda Postgraduate Scholarship, announced the commissioner’s office on Tuesday.

This is the fifth year the award has been named for Dr. Castañeda , who served Rice University for 46 years as an educator, coach and Faculty Athletics Representative before he passed away in November 2008. The conference annually presents the $4,000 Postgraduate Scholarship awards to graduates as selected by the C-USA Faculty Athletics Representatives and approved by the Board of Directors.

“Throughout her career as a student-athlete, Candice has represented Tulane University with honor and distinction,” said Tulane track and field director Eric Peterson. “I’m happy that she is being recognized with these post-career honors. She is very deserving of this scholarship, and it will really help her move forward in her academic pursuits.”

St. Etienne graduated in May 2013 with a degree in neuroscience and a minor in Spanish. She plans to enter LSU Dental School in the fall of 2013.

Last week, St. Etienne was one of 12 C-USA student-athletes who were named to the Spirit of Service team that is designed to recognize the community service efforts of the league’s student-athletes based upon significant community service, good academic standing and participation in their elected sport.

St. Etienne served as vice president for Tulane’s Student‐Athlete Advisory Committee, which was involved in five major initiatives this year. SAAC raised $60,000 for Tulane football player Devon Walker, who was severely injured in a Sept. 8 football game at Tulsa, by selling T-shirts and wrist bands at home football games. Also in the fall, the New Orleans native helped collect more than $3,400 for the Second Harvest Food Bank to be used to provide food to those less fortunate during the holiday season.

St. Etienne was also very involved with the youth of the greater New Orleans are. During Wave Days, an annual event hosted at the Louisiana Superdome, SAAC partnered with elementary schools to educate 500 students about the possibility of going to college and continuing their education. She also participated in the Shadow a Student‐Athlete Day, where 60 Harriet Tubman Charter students to follow individual student‐athletes through a typical morning, attending classes and walking around the Uptown Campus.

In April, St. Etienne participated in the Samaritan’s Feet event, purchasing new shoes – sometimes the very first pair of new shoes ‐ for children at Martin Behrman Elementary.

During her senior campaign for the track and field squad, St. Etienne was an integral part of the team as she competed in the 400 meter hurdles and the 4 x 400 meter relay team. She ran a season best in the 400 meter hurdles at the Stanford Invitational on March 29 by running the event in 1:01.68. She was also a member of the 4 x 400 meter relay team that ran a season best 3:44.01 on March 30 at the Stanford Invitational.

After the season, St. Etienne was honored with the 2013 Wilson Award, considered to be the most prestigious won by a Tulane student‐athlete.

St. Etienne joins Michael Mainguy (track and field/cross country, 2012), Amaris Genemaras (volleyball, 2011), Adam Podet (football, 2010), Jen Linder (volleyball, 2009), Megan Weinlein (soccer, 2008), Jessica Traver (soccer, 2007) and Brianne Darragh (track and field, 2006) as the Tulane recipients of the scholarship.

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