March 10, 2011
ATLANTA – The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) has selected Georgia Tech’s Deja Foster as the 2011 recipient of the Charles T. Stoner Law Scholarship Award. The $1,000 Charles T. Stoner Law Scholarship Award, named for and presented by Stoner, a former legal consultant for the WBCA, is presented annually to one female collegiate basketball player who intends to pursue a career in law.
Foster is only the second Yellow Jacket to earn the honor as Jacqua Williams earned the award in 2009.
“What a pleasure to present to Deja Foster the Charles T. Stoner Law Scholarship Award,” said WBCA CEO Beth Bass. “As the NCAA says, most student-athletes will go pro in something other than sports, and we hope Deja will have a great career in law.”
Foster, a Memphis, Tenn., native, is the Yellow Jackets’ second on the squad with 6.2 rpg and 2.7 apg, and adds 5.3 ppg. Foster missed the first six games of the season and after her return, helped her team win 15 of its next 17 games and rise into the national rankings. Over that span, Tech won a school-record 13 straight games and achieved its best start in ACC history by winning its first four games.
Foster is not only a standout on the hardwood, but also a star in the classroom. She has earned Dean’s List honors in six of her seven semesters on The Flats. Foster has earned ACC Honor Roll accolades in her first three years at Tech and was named to the 2010 Academic All-ACC Team. She is also an active member of the Georgia Tech Student-Athlete Advisory Board.
“We are excited that Deja is being recognized by the WBCA for her hard work as a student-athlete,” head coach MaChelle Joseph said. “I believe she is the best student-athlete we’ve ever had. To earn Dean’s List honors six times at Georgia Tech takes enormous dedication and hard work.”
Foster’s willingness and ability to do whatever her team needs has earned her status as Yellow Jacket co-captain three times. For her career, Foster has more offensive rebounds (286) than defensive (270). She has nearly 800 career points, over 550 career rebounds and almost 250 career assists. Along with classmate Alex Montgomery, has won more games, 90, than any single class in Tech history. During her four year career, Georgia Tech has won 20 games each season and is expected to earn an at-large bid to its fourth straight NCAA Tournament.
Foster will be formally recognized during the WBCA Awards Show, which will held at 6 p.m. Monday, April 4, in the Indiana Convention Center’s Sagamore Ballroom. This event is part of the WBCA National Convention and is held in conjunction with the NCAA® Women’s Final Four® in Indianapolis.
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