Shennel Daniels scores perfect GPA in first year at US college
Guyana Football Federation (GFF) scholarship awardee Shennel Daniels has successfully completed her first year as a business student at the Bryant and Stratton College in the USA with flying colours, having secured perfect academic scores and played every minute available for the Bobcats women’s soccer team.
Daniels received a partial scholarship from the GFF to support her pursuit of an associate degree in business at the college’s Syracuse campus. She scored straight A grades in both her mid-term and final reports to achieve a perfect GPA (grade point average) of 4.0.
The former Fruta Conquerors player also made her mark on the Bryant and Stratton Bobcats women’s soccer team, being selected in every starting line-up, and completing the full 90 minutes in all its matches.
“Having achieved a GPA of 4.0 in all my studies and being able to perform well on the Bobcats women’s soccer team is really a wonderful feeling and a great achievement for me,” Daniels said. “I am very happy and proud of my achievement in soccer and in my studies at this point of my journey.
“I would like to personally thank the Guyana Football Federation for all the help and support you’ve given me when I first obtained the scholarship from Bryant and Stratton College. I am grateful for the support I have received, and I look forward to your continuous support as I enter my second year at Bryant and Stratton College.”
Part of the GFF’s strategic plan is to provide meaningful opportunities for Guyanese footballers, including college scholarships, trials with professional clubs, and vocational training. In April, for example, the GFF joined forces with MACORP to offer 10 excavator training scholarships for male and female footballers.
“We are extremely proud of the impact Shennel has made on her college experience, both in her outstanding academic achievements and in her on-field performances for the Bobcats,” GFF President Wayne Forde has said. “She is rapidly proving herself to be an exceptional ambassador for Guyana, the GFF and our football community.
“We look forward to supporting her further on this journey, as she continues to excel in her studies and football career.
“As a role model, we hope Shennel’s achievements will inspire many more young female footballers in Guyana to follow in her footsteps.”
Bryant and Stratton’s Head Women’s Soccer Coach Alex Grigorita was full of praise for his new star player and student.
“Shennel became an important part of our starting line-up,” Grigorita explained. “She was able to adjust quickly to the demands and athleticism of college soccer. Her experience and knowledge allowed her to be competitive at a high level.
“Shennel was able to cover a few different positions for us, and we were very happy with her performance on the field and in the classroom.”
“Shennel accomplished the highest possible GPA of 4.0 in all of her classes. This is an exceptional achievement, and everyone is very proud and happy for her,” he said.
Daniels’s scholarship with the college was facilitated by former national team player Kevin Beaton.