STOCKTON, Calif. – Pacific field hockey midfielder Ash Rutherford has been awarded the University of the Pacific’s Dochterman Outstanding Junior Scholarship, its was announced at Friday’s Faith Davies All-University Leadership Awards Luncheon.
The Dochterman Outstanding Junior Scholarship recognizes two students with Junior standing, who have made significant contributions to the university. In addition, those students selected demonstrate leadership in the classroom through strong academic achievement and involvement. They also serve as a positive role model for others outside of the classroom and work to influence positive change in the University community.
"Ash has been an inspiration for all of us throughout her time at Pacific in many ways – as a student, an athlete, and a leader," expressed Pacific Director of Athletics Janet Lucas. "It is often not what she does but how she does it that is the most impactful."
Rutherford’s athletic resume includes some stellar statistical numbers on the field, which include scoring 10 goals and dishing out 29 assists for a career total of 43 points, while also compiling a 58.1 shot-on-goal percentage.
Most impressive are Rutherford’s accomplishments outside of her sport. She has maintained a 3.98 cumulative grade-point average as a business administration major which was the leading GPA in the America East Conference for the past three years. She also received the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Scholar of Distinction following her 2017 and 2018 athletic seasons.
The Cape Town, South Africa native is associated with a number of organizations on campus, including serving as the Religious and Spiritual Life Social Justice Coordinator, which is responsible for planning and leading interfaith service projects for students, faculty and staff. She is also a member of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest all-discipline Honor Society.
Rutherford is also responsible the start of the Post-It Challenge that took place on campus. This initiative included leaving Post-It notes for individuals on campus, encouraging them to think positively and share their positivity with others.