UHSP Student-Athletes Receive NAIA National Awards

Published on 15 September 2021

For the first time in Eutectics history, two University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis student-athletes have been selected for national awards from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).

During its recent National Awards Day, NAIA announced that P1 student Makenzie Schierding was the recipient of the 2021 NAIA Emil S. Liston Scholarship Award for women’s basketball, and P2 student and Eutectics Women’s Cross Country and Track and Field athlete Allison Wakeland received the 2021 NAIA A.O. Duer Scholarship Award.

Makenzie Schierding

Schierding received the Emil S. Liston Scholarship Award in recognition of her outstanding athletic and scholastic achievements. The Emil S. Liston award is named in honor of the NAIA's first executive secretary and the prime mover behind the men's basketball tournament. The award has been presented annually to one junior men's and one junior women's basketball student-athlete since 1950.

“Makenzie continues to be an example of taking responsibility for her academic obligations and encouraging her teammates to give 100% of what they have to give every day on the court and in training," said Jill Harter, director of athletics, fitness and recreation at UHSP.

In 2021, Schierding led the Eutectics Women’s Basketball team with 179 rebounds, and her efforts helped the team collect the most wins in program history and earn their first conference tournament win. Schierding’s performance on the court also earned her a spot on the American Midwest Conference Basketball All-Academic Team.

Allison Wakeland

Wakeland received the 2021 NAIA A.O. Duer Scholarship Award in recognition of her outstanding scholarship, character and citizenship. Named in honor of the NAIA's former executive secretary who served the association for 26 years, the A.O. Duer Scholarship Award has been presented annually to one male and one female junior student-athlete since 1967.

“Allison has maintained a 3.88 cumulative GPA in the pharmacy program while simultaneously playing an important role on the Eutectics Women’s Cross Country and Track and Field teams, and in the community,” noted Harter.

At UHSP, Wakeland holds several leadership positions, including her roles as president of Kappa Epsilon, captain of the Eutectics Women’s Cross Country and Track and Field teams and secretary of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. She was also recently elected to a leadership role in the Pharmaceutical Cosmetic Club and serves as a resident advisor. Wakeland’s volunteer efforts in the community include serving with Food Outreach, preparing meals for local HIV patients, participating in area COVID-19 vaccine clinics and assisting with the Forest Park greenhouse project, Blitz Blooms. Wakefield is also a research intern with the Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine.

Both Schierding and Wakeland will be presented with $1,000 scholarship awards from NAIA, and will be formally recognized during the NAIA National Convention in April 2022.

At UHSP, student-athletes find a supportive community of students, faculty and staff who work together to help them pursue their health sciences education while developing lifelong friendships and effective leadership skills.

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