ST. LOUIS – Women's soccer defender Kacey Bright is Saint Louis University's 2017 recipient of a $5,000 Atlantic 10 Conference Postgraduate Scholarship, the league announced today.

Bright is the third Billiken women's soccer player to earn the prestigious scholarship, joining Liz Fox (2008) and Lauren Olson (2010). She will remain at SLU to pursue a doctor of physical therapy degree.

To be considered for the Postgraduate Scholarship, a student-athlete must have performed with distinction in the classroom and in competition throughout his or her career while demonstrating exemplary conduct in the community.

An exercise science major (physical therapy concentration) with a 3.783 cumulative grade point average, Bright garnered several academic honors during her senior campaign. She was selected to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Scholar All-America second team, the College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-District 6 team and the A-10 All-Academic team. Bright was SLU's nominee for the Senior CLASS Award for collegiate women's soccer.

Bright made the A-10 Commissioner's Honor Roll in six of her first seven semesters, and she was a Saint Louis University Dean's List honoree in five of those seven semesters.

Bright enjoyed an outstanding senior season on the field, helping lead Saint Louis to a 14-4-2 record and second place in the A-10 regular-season standings. She was named to the Mid-Atlantic All-Region and A-10 All-Conference first teams; collected the A-10 Defensive Player of the Year award; was named to Top Drawer Soccer's Oct. 19 National Team of the Week; and was tabbed A-10 co-Defensive Player of the Week Oct. 10.

Bright led Saint Louis field players with 1,806 minutes (90.3 minutes per game), and she was on the field every minute in 17 of SLU's 20 games. She guided a defensive effort that lifted the Billikens to the top of the A-10 in shutouts (nine, including five vs. conference opponents) as well as 39th nationally and second in the league in goals against average (0.82). Bright and her teammates allowed just 8.5 total shots, 4.1 shots on goal and 3.6 corner kicks per game.

Also highly active in the community, Bright has served the St. Louis area in several capacities. She has served meals at Campus Kitchen, spent numerous Saturday mornings interacting with individuals at the Special Needs Soccer Association and participated in Relay For Life events at SLU. Bright also has tutored fellow students, volunteered at the St. Louis Color Run 5K and encouraged physical activity by playing soccer with students at the St. Louis Immersion School.

The Postgraduate Scholarship Program is part of the A-10's broad-based commitment to student-athlete opportunities and academics. Honoring one male and one female student-athlete upon its inception in 1991, it has expanded several times resulting in its current structure of including one representative from each A-10 school.