Hope College athletic training students Amanda Friedline, a senior from Howell, Mich., and Molly Smith, a junior from Champaign, Ill., have been awarded prestigious scholarships by the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers Association.

Friedline was recognized as the most outstanding student in the seven-state region by the professional association with the William E. Newell Postgraduate Scholarship. Named in honor of longtime Purdue University athletic trainer and National Athletic Trainers Association Executive Director William "Pinky" Newell, the scholarship serves as a memorial to Newell's signature role as one of the athletic training profession's most influential founding fathers.

Smith was awarded a Living Memorial undergraduate scholarship, one of only five students so honored.

Amanda was also recently named a recipient of a NCAA Ethnic Minority and Women's Enhancement Postgraduate Scholarship for Careers in Athletics. This program was developed by the NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics and the NCAA Minority Opportunities and Interests Committee.The NCAA awards 13 scholarships to female college graduates who will be entering their initial year of postgraduate studies. The applicant must be seeking admission or have been accepted into a sports administration or related program that will help the applicant obtain a career in intercollegiate athletics, such as athletics administrator, coach, athletic trainer or other career that provides a direct service to intercollegiate athletics. Amanda will use her scholarships at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill where she will begin a master's degree in athletic training in the fall.