• An Academic All-American.
  • A biology graduate.
  • From Poulsbo, Wash.

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Focusing on science and sport

When she wasn’t winning on the soccer field, Stephanie Skelly ’12 was in the lab.

Sports and academics hold equal importance for Stephanie Skelly ’12, which is why she didn’t hesitate to enroll at Willamette for college.

“I felt so comfortable and at home there,” she says. “I’m so thankful for all the opportunities I had at

Willamette, opportunities I wouldn’t have had by attending another university.”

Skelly made her mark in the classroom and on the soccer field while at Willamette. A biology major, she maintained a 3.9 grade point average with an intent to pursue a career in either clinical or research genetics.

In her senior year, the midfielder was named Offensive Player of the Year within the Northwest Conference and First Team Capital One Academic All-America for NCAA Division III. Only 12 players across the country were chosen for the latter honor, based on their athletic and scholastic prowess.

On the academic side, Skelly twice received the Martha Springer scholarship for her leadership and success in the biology field.

She worked in Professor Jason Duncan’s lab through Willamette’s Science Collaborative Research Program, studying genetic mutations in fruit flies and attempting to learn why and in which genes the anomalies occurred.

By attending Willamette, Skelly says she was able to challenge herself and discover her true potential.

“Sports and education are so important to me,” Skelly says. “There is a great community at Willamette, and I feel so lucky to have been a part of that.”

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