DURHAM, N.C. – Duke University student-athletes Morgan Bitting (field hockey) and Virginia Elena Carta (golf) have been awarded Heidrick Family Leadership Postgraduate Scholarships as announced Monday at the seventh annual Student-Athlete Talent and Recognition Show (STARS).
Established in 2015 through a generous gift from the late Bob Heidrick and his family, the scholarship seeks to recognize leaders within the student-athlete community at Duke. In particular, recipients are selected based upon demonstrated growth in the area of leadership and how they have used those skills to enhance the community around them. The scholarships are viewed as an investment in the recipients and their potential for service through leadership in the future.
Integral to the Blue Devils’ success at both ends of the field, Bitting has been a three-year starter in the Duke midfield. She served as a key member of the team’s attack penalty corner unit and totaled two goals and 11 assists in 84 career contests. The Hummelstown, Pa., native helped guide the field hockey program to a four-year record of 63-21 with four straight appearances in the NCAA quarterfinals, including a trip to the national semifinals in 2015.
Duke’s field captain as a senior, Bitting rounded out her collegiate career by being named the recipient of the program’s Stef Fee Duke True Award and representing the squad in the 2018 National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division I Senior Game. Also a leader in the classroom, Bitting has twice been tabbed an NFHCA Scholar of Distinction in addition to earning a spot on the NFHCA National Academic Squad in all four years.
Carta, who will earn a degree in environmental sciences and policy in May of 2019, is a three-time Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) All-American Scholar. She burst onto the national scene as a freshman winning the 2016 NCAA Individual Champion in record fashion and going on to be the runner-up at the U.S. Women’s Amateur that year as well.
A native of Udine, Italy, Carta is a two-time All-ACC selection and 2016 WGCA First Team All-America. Carta has helped lead Duke to back-to-back ACC Championships and appearances in the NCAA Championship each of her three years. She created the Birdies for Babies campaign as a junior that benefits the Duke Children’s Neonatal and Pediatric Intensive Care Units, which has already raised almost $30,000 in less than two years.