BALTIMORE, MD -- Washington College senior women's basketball and tennis player Meghan Tait (Oxford, PA/Oxford Area) was announced as the 2012 winner of The Daily Record's Maryland's Top 100 Women scholarship during an event at Baltimore's Meyerhoff Symphony Hall on Monday, May 7th.
The Daily Record's annual list of Maryland's Top 100 Women was created to recognize outstanding achievement by women as demonstrated through professional accomplishments,community leadership and mentoring. The scholarship winner is chosen from students nominated by Maryland colleges and selected by "The Circle of Excellence" - women who have been among Maryland's Top 100 Women three or more times.
Tait was honored for her all-around achievement in the classroom, on the court, and in the community. In basketball, she was named to the 2012 All-Centennial Conference first team (after being named honorable mention in 2010) and to the 2012 D3Hoops.com All-Region third team. A point guard and team captain, she was a three-time All-Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll qualifier for basketball and holds the school records for career assists, career free throws made, and free throws made in a single season, and shares the school record for assists in a single game. This spring, she also joined the women's tennis team, playing the sport competitively for the first time. She was recently named the female winner of the College's Eldridge Eliason Award, which honors outstanding student-athletes.
A Business Management major and Deans List student, Tait is the president of Washington College's chapter of the Sigma Beta Delta business honor society and was named a Middendorf Scholar. Middendorf Scholarships are awarded each year to just three to five students based on overall academic standing and outstanding leadership skills.
Tait has also shown leadership in the community. During her sophomore year, she helped initiate an effort to bring a special needs member of the Chestertown community to the campus for various athletic events and create relationships between this person and members of Washington College community. Shared Opportunity Service (SOS), located two short blocks from campus, is a non-profit organization that provides food, clothing, school supplies, child care, and parent mentoring for families in Kent and Queen Anne's Counties that could otherwise not afford it. As a junior, Meghan adopted SOS as a charity for her entrepreneurship class. With the help of the Student Events Board, she organized a corn-hole tournament with all proceeds going directly to SOS.
Watch the presentation and Tait's acceptance speech: