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The Lou Gehrig Society Announces 2011 Columbia University Scholar Athletes

Hillsdale, NY, November 14, 2011 --( The Lou Gehrig Society is pleased to announce the first recipients of the prestigious Lou Gehrig Scholar-Athlete Award scholarships at Columbia University. This annual award has been established to honor the legacy of baseball great Lou Gehrig and will be presented during The Society’s private Triple Crown Gala Event on December 1st in New York.

The 2011 Lou Gehrig Scholar Athletes for 2011 are Columbia University senior Jesse Qualliotine and Barnard College sophomore Blair Bloomquist. Jesse is the son of Ray and Dominique Qualliotine of Fairfax, Virginia. He is a biomedical engineer and a member of the varsity lightweight rowing team. Blair is from Greensboro, North Carolina, and is the daughter of Mark and Niki Bloomquist. She is a pre-med student and is a member of the varsity women’s swim team. Both awardees are outstanding young adults who exemplify the legacy of former Columbia University athlete Lou Gehrig and both represent his values and commitment to excellence.

About the award: The Lou Gehrig Scholar-Athlete Award Committee conducted a rigorous evaluation of all candidates. In order to be considered for this award each candidate was required to answer eight essay questions, possess a minimum 3.5 GPA and be enrolled in a Pre-Medicine or Biological Science Program. The Society’s mission is “dedicated to honoring and preserving the legacy of Lou Gehrig.”

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