By Tianna Beckles
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – University of Maryland Eastern Shore graduate and bowling phenom Megan Buja has been selected as one of 30 finalists for the 2014 NCAA Woman of the Year award, it was announced by the NCAA Tuesday afternoon. Buja landed among the top 30 finalists from a group of 446 nominees and was only one of 10 athletes selected from a Division I university.
Buja has accumulated an array of awards for athletics during her time at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. She holds four national titles under her belt, two of which were NCAA titles. She was also an All-American selection that contributes to one of her groups 39 awards.
At the end of her undergraduate academic career Buja graduated with a perfect 4.0 GPA, which university officials said contributed “tremendously” to the team's average of 3.85.
“This is an amazing honor and I am humbled to represent UMES, the MEAC and the sport of Women's bowling” said Buja, after getting word that she had been selected for the NCAA award. “Even though I graduated in May to still be recognized for my time at UMES is a great feeling. I had a wonderful student-athlete experience and I am thrilled that I am able to return to Princess Anne this year to further my education in the field of dietetics.”
The winner of the 2014 NCAA Woman of the Year award will be announced in Indianapolis on Oct. 19 at the annual ceremony.