Columbia, Md.-- UMBC cross country/track and field's Miles Smith (La Plata, Md./La Plata) and softball's Kennedy Lamb (Mexico, N.Y.) were named Maryland and District of Columbia Collegiate Association of Athletic Administrators, MDCAAA, Post-Graduate Scholarship recipients on Monday. They become the sixth and seventh recipients of the award in UMBC history and are the second and third to receive the award in the past two years.
The two join Cliff Bridges (2009), Alice Chen (2010), Keilan Freeman (2011), Lauren Kadet (2014), and Lauren McDonald (2019) as the only members of UMBC to win the award.
Smith is the winner of the NCAA Division I fall category representing the men's cross country and track & field teams for the Retrievers. He ran in five races in the 2019 cross country season, scoring points for the team in four of them. He qualified for the IC4A Championships in his first outdoor season running the 800 meter. He also ran the 800m for the indoor track & field season at the America East Championships, taking a bronze medal in his senior season. His academic achievements are lengthy in his path to earning a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering with a 3.78 GPA. Miles earned multiple America East Commissioner's Honor Roll awards, earning a place on the President's list in 2017 and 2018 and the Dean's list in the fall of 2018. Miles was an active member in the community with the SUCCESS program to connect with autistic youths. He was a member if the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society and was in the Meyerhoff Scholars Program. He plans to attend Stanford University in the fall of 2020 seeking a master's degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering where he wants to concentrate on research for sustainable energy.
Lamb is the winner of the NCAA Division I spring category representing the softball team for the Retrievers. A 1B/OF, Kennedy started 18 games at UMBC in 2019 after several years of playing in a reserve role. Earning a bachelor of arts degree as an English major with a minor in writing, she finished her collegiate career with a perfect 4.0 GPA. She won the America East Softball Championship Elite 18 Award for academic achievement and made the president's list in all eight semesters. Kennedy was a very active member in the community as she volunteered with the Special Olympics Maryland. She volunteered at a Baltimore farmer's market for those affected by homelessness as well as the BARCS Animal Shelter. Kennedy was a leader in organizing the UMBC softball team's efforts to volunteer their time in the surrounding areas. She was the editorial intern at the UMBC Magazine and worked as a staff writer for the student newspaper as the sports beat. She also served as the social media intern for the College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences at UMBC. Kennedy's next step will see her at Johns Hopkins University in the Advanced Academic Program where she will seek a master's degree in Science Writing starting in the fall of 2020.
The MCDAAA Postgraduate Scholarship recognizes superior work in the classroom and on the field. The nine honorees represent Maryland or DC institutions of higher learning and differing levels of NCAA or NJCAA competition, three from a Division I program, three from a Division II or III institution, and three from a two-year college who will be attending a four-year college or university the following fall. Each recipient will receive a one-time grant of $500. To be eligible, student-athletes must possess a minimum 3.2 grade-point average in undergraduate studies, excel in a varsity sport, participate in leadership activities beyond the playing field and plan to further their education.