Senior Kim Holden earned a $2,000 post-graduate scholarship from the BIG EAST Wednesday.

Holden Earns $2,000 Post-Graduate Scholarship From BIG EAST

Feb. 13, 2013

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – University of Notre Dame women’s swimming and diving standout Kim Holden has earned a $2,000 post-graduate scholarship after being named Notre Dame’s female winner of the 2012-13 American Eagle Outfitters BIG EAST Institutional Scholar-Athlete Scholarship, the league office announced Wednesday.

A standout in the pool, Holden is an eight-time BIG EAST champion and 15-time all-conference performer. She was an NCAA qualifier in 2011 and this past summer competed at both the U.S. Olympic Trials and the U.S. Open.

Out of the pool, Holden holds a 3.817 GPA entering her final semester at Notre Dame and is set to graduate with a degree in psychology and a supplementary degree in Spanish from the College of Arts & Letters. The Mount Kisco, N.Y., native has appeared on the Dean’s List six out of her seven completed semesters.

Since arriving on campus in the fall of 2009 Holden has twice been named the Notre Dame Club of St. Joseph County Knute Rockne Student-Athlete award winner for women’s swimming and diving and was once named the Notre Dame Monogram Club MVP for women’s swimming and diving.

The American Eagle Outfitters BIG EAST Scholar-Athlete of the Year award is one of a number of scholarships presented by the BIG EAST Conference and American Eagle Outfitters during the 2012-13 academic year. Thirty student-athletes (one male and one female from each of the BIG EAST’s 15 member institutions) will be named as the winners of the American Eagle Outfitters BIG EAST Institutional Scholar-Athlete Scholarships. The conference also names male and female American Eagle Outfitters BIG EAST Basketball Scholar-Athletes of the Year and an American Eagle Outfitters BIG EAST Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Holden and the rest of her Irish teammates head to the BIG EAST Swimming and Diving Championships in Indianapolis, Ind., in just a few short weeks with the four-day competition set to get underway Feb. 27.