June 17, 2014
BOCA RATON, Fla. - Florida Atlantic University's Kayla DeSuza is one of 15 selected to receive the 2013-14 Jim Castaneda Postgraduate Scholarship, as awarded by Conference USA.
"I would like to give thanks to Conference USA and all those who helped with this process, but especially to Coach Joan Joyce and Dr. Eric Shaw," said DeSuza. "I believe that scholarships provided through athletics are a great opportunity for any athlete to further their education and to pursue their career goals. I plan on entering into the medical field after post-graduate education as either a physician or a physician's assistant."
DeSuza, a four-year women's golf letter-winner, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in May in biology, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in neuroscience, with a minor in health service administration. She graduated with a 3.86 G.P.A., was a President's List member twice (2010 and 2013) and was a six-time Dean's List Member (2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013). As a senior, DeSuza earned the Academic Achievement Award and wore the C-USA Commissioner's Academic Medal at graduation. She also is a Chi Alpha Sigma Athletic Honor Society member (2012-14).
Athletically, DeSuza served as the FAU golf team's captain for 2013-14 and posted a low round of 74 at the Cincinnati Spring Invitational. She averaged 78 for the three-round tournament, and her stroke average for the season was an 81.
"There are a ton of great students, but few actually take that information, challenge it and use it to become the best at their occupation," said Joan Joyce, FAU's head golf coach. "It is those types of people who make a difference in this world. Kayla does that in golf and in life."
DeSuza marks the first student in the program's history to be awarded a post graduate scholarship by the Conference, which FAU joined in the summer of 2013.