WINSTON-SALEM, NC – In addition to completing a pair of terrific athletic careers at Winston-Salem State University, the duo of senior outside hitter Ytae Cobb and senior linebacker Dachon Witherspoon both received the NCAA Division II Degree Completion Award. With the award, the pair earn tuition towards their completion of their baccalaureate degrees.
The WSSU student-athletes were selected for the award by a special committee composed of representatives from six Division II institutions, including one NCAA Division II Management Council representative, one Division II director of athletics appointed by the Division II Athletic Directors' Association, and two Division II faculty athletics representatives appointed by the Faculty Athletics Representatives Association. The Division II Degree Completion Award program was established by the NCAA in 2001 to provide deserving student-athletes financial assistance toward the completion of their first baccalaureate degree. Candidates for the award must student-athletes who have exhausted their eligibility, within good academic standing at their institutions and must be within 36 hours (54 quarter hours) of completion of their undergraduate degree.
Cobb earned the award after two successful seasons with the Winston-Salem State University Rams volleyball team. She finished her career at WSSU with 495 kills with 65 service aces and 118 total blocks (28 solo). She also had a pair of Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) All-Conference honors and she was a two-time selection for the North Carolina College Division Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) All-State team. She joined the Rams in the fall of 2018 after transferring to WSSU from Pensacola State College. She is an Exercise Science major at WSSU.
Witherspoon is a four-year member of the Rams' football team. He was a true freshman on the Rams; 2016 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) championship team. He finished his career with 15 total tackles (nine solo) in 12 games for the Rams. In 2018, he returned a Livingstone blocked punt 21 yards for a touchdown in the Rams' 34-19 win. He is a Network Marketing major with a Business minor.
To date, the Division II Degree Completion Award program has awarded nearly $6 million to approximately 1,400 deserving student-athletes. Since its inception, 90 percent of the recipients have gone on to complete their undergraduate degree through the program.
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