Amanda Hiltunen: "Randolph-Macon has prepared me for any career I pursue."
Amanda Hiltunen is ranked second in the country and first in the ODAC.
Randolph-Macon College women’s basketball student-athlete Amanda Hiltunen ’09 has
been awarded a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) postgraduate scholarship.
The award is a $7,500 scholarship for academic work beyond the baccalaureate degree
as a full-time or part-time graduate student.
Hiltunen, who hails from Glen Allen, Virginia, is one of 58 student-athletes (29
men and 29 women) from all NCAA Divisions to receive the scholarship after participating
in a winter sport. The NCAA awards 174 scholarships annually in the fall, winter
and spring seasons.
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Hiltunen will attend Virginia Commonwealth University’s SportsCenter in the fall
with the hope of pursuing a career in sports marketing. She will also return to
her high school alma mater, Hermitage, as an assistant coach on the girls’ basketball
“Randolph-Macon has prepared me for any career I pursue,” says Hiltunen. “Every
student here is not only given a great education opportunity, but a chance to be
a well-rounded young adult after graduation. As I head to graduate school to study
sports marketing, I know the skills that I developed here will not only help me
succeed at VCU but also in anything else that I work hard for. That's the beauty
about a Randolph-Macon education. You learn how to think, analyze and solve any
problem put before you.”
The scholarship caps Hiltunen’s list of impressive postseason awards, which includes
being named Honorable Mention All-American, All-ODAC First-Team, and ODAC All-Tournament
Team. She was also named a Jostens Award Finalist and the ODAC Scholar-Athlete of
the Year for the second straight year.
In the classroom, Hiltunen boasts a 3.82 grade point average while majoring in political
science. She has made the dean’s list each semester while at R-MC, and she is a
member of the ODAC’s academic honor roll. Hiltunen, who is a member of R-MC’s Phi
Beta Kappa chapter, was also named to the 2009 ESPN the Magazine/CoSIDA First Team
District 3 All-Academic Team earlier this year.
“Amanda’s career is ending with numerous accolades, all of which are derived from
an outstanding work ethic, commitment to excellence and being surrounded by a great
support system,” said R-MC Head Coach Carroll LaHaye. “We are extremely proud of
Amanda and all she has accomplished. Being selected a NCAA post-grad scholarship
recipient is a significant feat as a student-athlete.”
On the court, Hiltunen captained R-MC to a 23-6 record and its third ODAC championship
in four years. She emerged as one of the top guards in the nation this season. She
ranked second in the country and first in the ODAC with a 90.6 free throw percentage.
Her 4.9 assists per game ranked second in the ODAC, while her 1.7 assist-to-turnover
ratio placed her fourth in the ODAC. She proved to be one of the best shooters in
the conference as well, connecting on 50.4% of her shots from the floor (fourth
in the ODAC) and 40.9% from behind the arc (second in the ODAC). On the defensive
end, Hiltunen averaged 2.59 steals per game, ranking her fourth in the conference.
Her 31.9 minutes per game and 13.6 points per game ranked in the ODAC top 10 as
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