April 24, 2019 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Volleyball player Kendra DeJonge, one of Grand Rapids Community College’s most-decorated athletes, is a finalist for a national award.
DeJonge, who graduates from GRCC this week, is one of only 19 finalists for the 2019 Female Scholar-Athlete Award from the National Alliance of Two-Year College Athletic Administrators. The winners will be announced April 29.
Criteria for the award includes high academic standing along with demonstrated leadership and citizenship.
"Kendra works hard on the court and in the classroom," Athletic Director Bill Firn said. "She's a leader and a role model. We're proud she will represent the volleyball team, as well as GRCC as a whole."
DeJonge, a Rockford High School graduate, helped lead GRCC to a 6th-place finish in the NJCAA Division II Volleyball Championship in November. She was named to the National Junior College Athletic Association's Division II First Team All-American and was selected to the American Volleyball Coaches Association’s Two-Year College Third Team All-American.
The Michigan Community College Athletic Association Western Conference named her Player of the Year. She also received GRCC’s Donald R. Black Female Athlete of the Year award.
DeJonge will receive her associate degree in business during GRCC’s commencement, which starts at 7 p.m. Friday in the newly renovated Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse, 111 Lyon St. NE. She plans to transfer to a four-year school to continue her education.
It's the second consecutive year a GRCC student-athlete has been a finalist for the national honor. Basketball player Zachary Pangborn was one of seven finalists for the 2018 Male Scholar-Athlete Award.
Grand Rapids Community College has been offering educational opportunities in West Michigan for more than 100 years. Established in 1914, the college offers degree courses, certification and training programs, and workshops and personal enrichment classes. Offerings are held on GRCC’s downtown Grand Rapids campus, and at several locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties, as well as through distance learning.