Biology major continues education at optometry school this July
Thursday, May 13, 2020
By Rob J. Ross
SPARTANBURG, N.C. - Megan Dunn is a recipient of one of the graduate scholarships from the NCAA Southern Conference.
The multi events athlete from Dorchester, in her senior year at Wofford College, in Spartanburg, North Carolina, earned one of two Bob McCloskey Insurance scholarships.
The scholarship, worth $2,000 U.S., is awarded to a student-athlete about to receive an undergraduate degree and who intends to pursue advanced degrees in graduate or professional school. The student-athlete is evaluated on academics, athletics and community service.
A biology major with a 3.93 GPA, Dunn, who has spent 340 hours working as an optometric assistant, will attend the three-year accelerated scholars program at Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University, in Philadelphia, beginning in July.
"It's really nice to be recognized for my work in the classroom," Dunn said. "I have worked so hard to not only be the best athlete I can be but also the best student. I an very grateful to receive this SOCON postgraduate scholarship."
Dunn is a three-time SoCon champion, winning the pentathlon during the 2020 and 2021 indoor seasons and the heptathlon earlier this month outdoors. Dunn was the runner-up in the pentathlon in 2018 and in the javelin and heptathlon in 2019.
Dunn holds school records for the heptathlon, pentathlon and women's javelin.
"Organizing my time and making sure that I keep track of my schedule and what needs to be done," said Dunn, on managing a busy school life. "I was able to work at the optimetry office over the summers."
Twice Dunn has been named to the Academic All-SoCon team and has earned SoCon Commissioner's Medals three times. From the Wofford biology department, Dunn earned the W. Raymond Leonard Endowed Scholarship and the Dobb's Scholarship.
When home at Dorchester, with parents Dave and Kendra, Dunn is a coach with the London-Western track and field club and at Lord Dorchester secondary school.
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