Gray Earns Northrip Endowed Scholarship
Elise Gray
Elise Gray

Current Endowments 2013 Honorees

June 20, 2013

NORMAL, Ill. - Illinois State senior gymnast Elise Gray was awarded with the 2013-14 Nancy and Robert Northrip Endowed Scholarship, which is presented annually to a gymnastics student-athlete with at least a 3.0 grade-point average (GPA).

The scholarship is named after Nancy and Robert Northrip, who are the owners of Ultimate Gymnastics in Chicago. Both have held a lifelong interest in gymnastics and participated in athletics, while attending Illinois State. Nancy lettered in gymnastics for the Redbirds and Rob was a Redbird cheerleader.

Head coach Bob Conkling expressed his satisfaction with the awarding of the scholarship, after Gray had a successful 2012-13 season in both academics and gymnastics.

"The coaches, staff and team would like to congratulate Elise Gray for being the recipient of the Northrip Scholarship this year," Conkling said. "Elise has been one of the strongest vaulters for our team for the past three seasons and also has developed into a strong student, making honor roll for the past four semesters. We would also like to thank Rob and Nancy Northrip for their continued support of ISU Athletics, the gymnastics team and our student-athletes."

Gray has been a consistent competitor on the vault at Illinois State. The Chicago, Ill., native competed in every meet for the Redbirds during the 2011-12 season. Gray posted a career-high 9.850 on the vault against SEMO (Feb. 24) and against Northern Illinois (March 4). Her efforts also contributed to the record-breaking team score of 49.150 against SEMO (Feb. 24). During the 2012-13 season, Gray competed in seven meets on the vault. She was awarded the MIC Specialist of the Week for her performance at the State of Illinois Classic on vault, where she charted a career-high 9.925 (Feb. 2).

The junior gymnast maintains a 3.09 GPA and is majoring in human/child development. "Being considered for the Northrip Scholarship is a huge honor. It is an even greater honor to be chosen to represent the Illinois State Gymnastics team in receiving this award. I am very thankful to be a recipient," Gray said.

The Northrip Endowed Scholarship is one of 24 endowed scholarships available to Illinois State student-athletes that are funded by private donors.

To view current student-athletes who have received endowed scholarships, click here. For more information about establishing an endowed scholarship, please call the Weisbecker Scholarship Fund office at (309) 438-3803. To read about each current endowment in more detail, click here.

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