ST. LOUIS -- Women’s basketball student-athlete Aaliyah Covington is Saint Louis University’s 2018 recipient of a $5,000 Atlantic 10 Conference Postgraduate Scholarship, the league announced today.
Covington is the first Billiken women’s basketball player to earn the prestigious scholarship. She will remain at SLU to pursue a master’s degree in social work.
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.
Covington earned a bachelor’s degree in social work and finished with a 3.40 cumulative grade point average. She made the Saint Louis University Dean’s List (minimum 3.7 semester GPA) in 2016 and earned A-10 Commissioner’s Honor Roll (minimum 3.5 semester GPA) accolades for a third time this year.
Covington was part of the winningest class (83 victories) in SLU women’s basketball history. She played a key role for the 2015-16 Billiken team that claimed a school-record 26 wins and captured a share of the program’s first conference title, and she helped SLU earn three consecutive Women’s National Invitation Tournament bids. Covington was selected Most Improved Player in 2016 by her Saint Louis student-athlete peers.
Covington played in 96 games during her career and earned a spot in the starting lineup as a senior. She tallied 508 points, including 72 3-pointers, and 170 rebounds in a Billiken uniform, and her .773 career mark at the free throw line ranks seventh in team history. Covington averaged a career-high 6.7 points and led Saint Louis with an .870 free throw success rate in her senior campaign.
Also active in the community, Covington has served the St. Louis area in several capacities. Her volunteer work at Bryan Hill Elementary School included mentoring a fifth-grade student, and she served as a tutor for men and women at Places for People. Covington also helped prepare meals and interacted with families at Ronald McDonald House, and she played soccer with children at the Special Needs Soccer Association (SPENSA). On campus, she served as a peer mentor for freshman student-athletes and as a SLU 101 peer instructor.
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.