An award-winning volleyball player and nursing major from Colorado Springs has been named the 2013 recipient of the Threlkeld Prize for Excellence at Colorado State University-Pueblo.
As the Threlkeld recipient, Ashley Wilkinson will receive the first diploma of the ceremony when she graduates with a bachelor's degree in nursing on Saturday, May 4 at the Colorado State Fair Events Center.
Wilkinson is the third student-athlete in the past five years to receive the honor, joining another former volleyball, Jenna Garcia (2009), and former softball student-athlete, Bonita Nuanez (2011).
To be considered for the Threlkeld Prize for Excellence, nominees must be a graduating senior (fall 2012, spring 2013, or summer 2013) who will have completed at least four semesters at CSU-Pueblo; have at least a 3.7 grade point average for the three full-time semesters prior to nomination; and relate, in writing, co-curricular activities as well as service to both the University and the community. A selection committee consisting of representatives from each college, the library, a retiree, and a professional and classified employee review the applications, then select and interview the finalists. The recipient receives a plaque and a substantial cash stipend upon graduation. Wilkinson's name also will appear on a permanent plaque.
"I have a passion for traveling and volunteering, and I want to be able to travel to underdeveloped countries in order to teach neonatal care," Wilkinson said. "I find it incredible that we can give an opportunity for a full life to a baby born with hardly a chance."