May 29, 2014

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COLUMBUS, Ohio Becky Allis, a 2014 Ohio State graduate and a senior on the women’s hockey team this past season, has been named the women’s WCHA Postgraduate Scholarship recipient for 2014, the league announced Thursday. The scholarship is awarded to one male and one female from the Western Collegiate Hockey Association member teams who have excelled both on and off the ice.

The WCHA announced the men’s and women’s annual postgraduate scholarship program in April of 2003, with the initial recipients named after the 2003-04 academic year. The WCHA Postgraduate Scholarships, are grants of ($7500) each for postgraduate studies. Brad Stebner of Michigan Tech was named the 2014 recipient of the men’s scholarship.

“On behalf of the entire Association, we are proud to announce that Becky Allis and Brad Stebner are this season’s WCHA Postgraduate Scholarship winners,” said men’s and women’s commissioners Bruce McLeod and Sara Martin, who are retiring June 30. “Since we first announced the postgraduate scholarship program nearly a dozen years ago, we have continually been amazed with each successive group of recipients.

“We have been blessed to see Becky and Brad competing both on the ice and in the classroom at the highest levels over the past the four seasons. They are outstanding role models, they represent the best of collegiate athletics and their dedication and work-ethic will ensure them success in whatever they choose to pursue in the future. We salute them, thank them and wish them all the best.” 

Allis, a native of West Olive, Mich., graduated this spring with a 3.61 cumulative grade-point-average and a degree in exercise science. She was named an Ohio State scholar-athlete all four years as an undergraduate, appeared multiple times on the WCHA All-Academic squad and was named a WCHA Scholar Athlete in both 2013 and 2014.

Earlier this year Allis was also awarded the M/I Homes Foundation Award, which has been awarded annually at OSU since 1976. The award was one of the first designed specifically to recognize and promote women’s achievements in intercollegiate athletics at Ohio State. It provides an outstanding female scholar-athlete $5,000 for postgraduate studies at Ohio State. The award is based on demonstrated athletic and academic success as well as community contributions through involvement in civic or university organizations. 

During her four seasons on the Ohio State women’s hockey team she appeared in 134 games. She recorded 10 career points on a pair of goals and eight assists. During her senior season Allis, who had played mostly as a defenseman for her entire career, made the switch to forward when asked by the coaching staff in order to better serve the team. She recorded four assists and fired a career-high 45 shots on goal during her senior campaign while also being credited with 66 blocked shots.

“As head coach at Ohio State, I have had wonderful opportunity to coach Becky over the past three years,” Nate Handrahan, head coach of Ohio State women’s hockey, said. “Seeing her develop athletically, academically and personally has been extremely rewarding. She is the epitome of the student-athlete, able to balance the strenuous demands of being a Division I athlete with ease. Thanks to her tireless work ethic, Becky has always had one of our top grade-point averages. She has repeatedly been named a WCHA, Big Ten and OSU scholar-athlete as an exercise science major. She has also continually given back to the community through involvements in the 2nd and Seven Foundation, internships at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and the Ohio Therapy Institute, helping with Operation Buckeye (packing boxes for troops) and working with Big Sisters and Race for the Cure among others.

“On the ice, she has played at both forward and defense, which for a coach is very beneficial. You can’t coach versatility and Becky embodied that quality. She took pride in trying to be the best she could, was always willing to play any role the team needed and was a team-first player. She was extremely hard to play against and was the hardest working player on our team. Whether it was at practice or in a game, she never took a shift off. Her teammates saw her passion and work ethic and tried to emulate it. She led us by example and we were fortunate to have her don the Buckeye jersey for four years.”

Of her future plans, Allis said, “I plan to attend a doctorate of physical therapy program after graduating, which consists of three more years of study. Physical therapy captured my interest because of its restorative properties; to restore an injured body to full function is a challenging but rewarding career. As a physical therapist, I can do much more than heal injuries; I can educate patients about their physical limitations, motivate them to improve their abilities and initiate lifestyle changes. Building relationships with patients as they progress through their rehabilitation gives me more time to be involved in their health and well-being.”

The daughter of Jim and Jeri Walsh-Allis, Becky was nominated for the WCHA Postgraduate Scholarship by John Bruno, Faculty Athletic Representative at The Ohio State University.