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PISCATAWAY, N.J. (April 14, 2011) – Rutgers tennis senior standout Amy Zhang (Plano, Texas) was named a Gates Cambridge Scholar – one of 90 recipients worldwide selected to study at the prestigious university.
“It is an honor to be representing Rutgers as a Gates Scholar,” said Zhang. “I am proud to be a Rutgers student-athlete and owe many thanks to the athletic department, the Computer Science department and all the people that have made such a difference in my life. Thanks to their dedication and support, I have had so many amazing experiences and opportunities while On the Banks.”
Selected from a pool of 800 applicants nationally, Zhang is one of 30 students selected from the U.S. The sixth Gates Cambridge Scholar from Rutgers – and fifth since 2008 – Zhang is the first student-athlete to be selected from RU. At Cambridge, Zhang will reside at Trinity College and will be pursuing a Master of Philosophy in Advanced Computer Science.
“We are extremely proud of Amy’s achievement,” said Tim Pernetti, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics. “Her dedication to academics, as well as athletics, exemplifies the principles of a student-athlete. She is an excellent representative of the Rutgers University community and its strong academic reputation. Amy will undoubtedly have great success at whatever she chooses in life.”
Established in 2000, the Gates Cambridge Scholarships – founded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation – cover all fees and living expenses for a student’s full-time masters or doctoral studies at Cambridge, one of the oldest and most esteemed universities in the English-speaking world.
“Along with the Rhodes, Marshall, and Churchill Scholarships, the Gates Cambridge Scholarship is among the most prestigious and competitive awards available to U.S. undergraduates looking to pursue graduate study in the UK,” said Arthur Casciato, the Director of Distinguished Fellowships. “To be named a Gates Cambridge Scholar is to be recognized as one of America’s finest students. Amy Zhang, an outstanding scholar-athlete and even better person, richly deserves this recognition and will no doubt make Rutgers very proud during her time at Cambridge. In my eleven years of helping students to apply for fellowships, I’ve never been more proud of or happy for a candidate than Amy.”
A two-time All-BIG EAST honoree, Zhang currently holds a 14-5 overall record at No. 1 singles, including a 7-1 mark in conference action. Last season, the senior posted a 16-5 record at No. 1 singles and a 15-5 mark at No. 1 doubles.
Zhang earned the 2010-11 BIG EAST Institutional Female Scholar-Athlete Award and the 2009-10 BIG EAST Scholar-Athlete Excellence Award for women’s tennis. Zhang is a three-time BIG EAST Academic All-Star and has earned a spot on the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll three times. The Plano, Texas native has also made the Dean’s List seven times and recorded a perfect 4.0 GPA in five of seven semesters.