Basketball Star Nicole Anderson Earns Prestigious Sigma Beta Delta Scholarship

Basketball Star Nicole Anderson Earns Prestigious Sigma Beta Delta Scholarship

COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's College women's basketball fifth-year senior Nicole Anderson (Kittery Point, Maine/Marianapolis Prep) became the third student-athlete from the College in five years to earn a prestigious Sigma Beta Delta Scholarship Award, it was announced this week.

Anderson, who earned a $1,000 scholarship, was nominated by the College's Sigma Beta Delta chapter, as each chapter is permitted to put one student forth into the competitive national scholarship program. Sigma Beta Delta is a scholastic honor society that recognizes academic achievement among students in the fields of business, management and administration. Anderson is a double major in business administration and sociology while double minoring in economics and art & graphic design.

This marks the sixth consecutive year a Saint Michael's student earned a Sigma Beta Delta Scholarship Award, with Anderson joining two other student-athletes on that list, each being recognized since 2017. Men's ice hockey's Connor Mitchell '17 and Alpine skiing's Kara Gailiunas '20 were both honored as seniors.

"I truly owe so much thanks to all my professors that have both equally challenged, supported, and believed in me throughout my college career," said Anderson. "To be able to engage in such a wide variety of academic experiences and disciplines at Saint Mike's has been the opportunity of a lifetime."

The first three-year captain in program history, Anderson's on-court achievements are outstanding: 786 points, 144 three-pointers and 142 assists in 74 career games, with a career-high 13.7-point scoring average in 2019-20. She scored in double figures 20 times in 25 games that season, the Purple Knights' most recent, and finished second in the Northeast-10 Conference in made three-pointers per game (2.6).

Anderson's contributions around campus have been no less significant. She is the Saint Michael's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee's (SAAC) first diversity, equity and inclusion chair this year after serving the prior two years as social media coordinator. She was among two leads who organized student-athlete involvement at the 2021 Burlington Pride Parade and is a graphic designer in Athletic Communications. Anderson was also social media chair for the College's chapter of Hope Happens Here, a mental health awareness organization, in 2020-21.

"Nicole is one of the, if not the most, well-rounded student-athletes to come through our women's basketball program," said ninth-year head coach Shannon Bollhardt, who is in her 14th season at the College. "She is a fierce competitor on the court, respected leader by her teammates, dedicated student in the classroom, and champion for making the world around her better. Everything she does she does with both feet in, completely immerses herself, and most importantly, does at a high standard. Nicole is a remarkable young woman who makes and will continue to make a big impact in whatever she does. We are very lucky to have her and are extremely proud!"

Last year, Anderson joined men's ice hockey seniors Thomas Flack and Brandon Mitchell on the Saint Michael's Business Administration/Accounting student team for the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute Research Challenge. She has also been designated to carry the Delta Epsilon Sigma flag during the upcoming Academic Convocation.

"Congratulations to Nicole as well for representing herself, our BU/AC program, and Saint Michael's College so well," said Steven Doyon '88, instructor of business administration and accounting and an adviser to the campus chapter of Sigma Beta Delta.

An academic standout, Anderson was inducted into not only Sigma Beta Delta but also the Chi Alpha Sigma (college athlete), Delta Epsilon Sigma (Catholic) and Omicron Delta Epsilon (economics) honor societies. She has been recognized with academic athletic awards a dozen times, including landing a prestigious College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District accolade for the 2020-21 school year.