Economics major Grace Shadid ’16 fell in love with pole vaulting at a young age. After being recruited by Columbia University’s track and field team, Grace chose to attend Barnard because of the flexibility of the College’s curriculum and the access to University athletics.

Grace has shown tremendous dedication not only to her sport but also to her goal of one day becoming a pediatric oncologist. As a pre-med student, Grace worked closely with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and founded Columbia’s chapter of “Up ’til Dawn,” a student organization that raises money to pay the medical bills for children who receive care at St. Jude.

Grace was recently named the 2016 Karen Blank Award Winner, “as the senior female student-athlete enrolled in Barnard College who exemplifies the qualities of academic success, athletic achievement, strong sporting behavior, and commitment to the community.”

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