Lillie Cooper '21 and the seventeen other graduating seniors selected as this year's Globe Foundation/Richard J. Phelps Scholar-Athletes assembled for an awards ceremony at Fenway Park yesterday. The scholarship-award recipients are selected based on excellence in academics, athletics, and extracurricular activities.
Cooper excelled in indoor and outdoor track, soccer, and squash at Andover. She served as co-captain of the track and field team and was a member of the 4x400 relay team that won New England prep titles in 2018 and 2019 (note: there was no 2020 season and the championships were not held in 2021 due to COVID-19). Among Cooper's extracurricular activities was serving as a Sports Editor for The Phillipian, Af-Lat-Am mentorship, and participation in the Strong Girls community engagement program. She was awarded the Yale Bowl at Phillips Academy's commencement and will attend Harvard next fall.
Last year was the first year that NEPSAC athletes (one male and one female) were eligible for the award. Andover's own, Alex Fleury '20 was the male NEPSAC recipient last year.
After the award winners were announced, Cooper shared her reaction, "I am truly honored to have even been considered for this scholarship, let alone having won this award among so many incredible student-athletes across Massachusetts. Of course, I would not be in this position without the constant support of my coaches, especially Coach Joel and Coach Hession, and all of my teachers who have propelled me to become a more confident and eager learner in the classroom. They all really helped me develop as both an athlete and student throughout my time at Andover, and I could not be more grateful for them."
From the Boston Globe, "Continuing a tradition that began in 1987 and expanded when businessman/philanthropist Richard J. Phelps* came on board as a co-sponsor in 1991, a panel of Globe judges awarded $3,000 college scholarships to 18 distinguished Scholar-Athletes representing seven MIAA districts, the city of Boston, and Eastern Mass. preparatory schools."
*Dick Phelps ’46, P’73, GP’14