Alison Maxwell (Port Angeles, Wash.), a 2015 Middlebury graduate, has been selected as one of the Top 30 honorees (10 from each NCAA division) for the prestigious NCAA Woman of the Year award. Presented annually by the association since 1991, the award honors graduating student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service and leadership. The 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year will be announced on October 18 at the Westin Indianapolis in Indianapolis, Indiana.
In July, Maxwell was nominated by the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) for the award from eight candidates by a committee of conference administrators. She is the first Middlebury woman to be selected in the final 30 student-athletes since Margo Cramer '12 in 2012.
Maxwell proved to be well-rounded in academics and athletics as well as a valuable member of the Middlebury community. Graduating summa cum laude with high honors in biochemistry, she was a Dean's List selection and College Scholar every semester along with being a nine-time NESCAC All-Academic honoree and was recently named the United States Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association's (USTFCCCA) Co-Scholar Athletes of the Year for Division III.
Also a USTFCCCA Scholar Athlete following her junior year, Maxwell was a peer writing tutor and mentor for science students, which resulted in her leading a team of faculty and staff in developing "Write Like a Scientist," a website to assist Middlebury faculty in teaching students how to write scientifically. She received the American Chemical Society Undergraduate Analytical Chemistry Award and Middlebury's Charles B. Allen Prize, which is awarded for excellence in science and contribution to the Middlebury spirt. Maxwell also received Middlebury's Hazeltine-Klevenow Trophy for excellence in academics and athletics.
An active member in the Middlebury campus and surrounding communities, Maxwell chaired the Middlebury Student Government Association Honor Code Committee the last two years. She has been a four-year tutor at Middlebury Union High School, and mentored local children in need of additional extracurricular support through the Community Friends program. Throughout her four-year collegiate career, she cooked and served supper for community members in need. She has also been a panelist for Women in Science in an effort to increase the participation of women in professional science.
Athletically, Maxwell served as a senior captain during the cross country and indoor and outdoor track & field seasons. The fourth-year Panther opened a banner final year by winning the 2014 NESCAC Women's Cross Country Championship en route to garnering All-America accolades. Maxwell went on to win the mile run at the 2015 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships to help Middlebury place fourth as a squad. She was also a two-time All-American as a member of the distance medley relay, and the school record holder in the indoor 3,000-meter run. During her outdoor track & field career, Maxwell was a two-time NCAA qualifier in the 1,500-meter run and wrapped up her career as an All-American in the 5,000-meter run this spring.