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The NCAA established the Woman of the Year Award in 1991 to celebrate the achievements of women in intercollegiate athletics. Now in its 22nd year, the award is unique because it recognizes not only the athletics achievements of outstanding young women, but also their academic achievements, community service and leadership.
NCAA member institutions from all three divisions nominated their own woman of the year. To be eligible, these women must have competed and earned a varsity letter in an NCAA-sponsored sport and must have completed eligibility in their primary sport.
A total of 429 female student-athletes, spanning NCAA Divisions I, II and III, were nominated for the 22nd annual NCAA Woman of the Year award.
From nearly 130 NCAA female student-athletes representing multiple sports across NCAA Divisions I, II and III, the selection committee chose 30 women – 10 from each division – and then selected three finalists from each division.
From the nine finalists, the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics selected the 2012 Woman of the Year. Elizabeth Phillips − a three-time NCAA Elite 89 Award winner, seven-time All-American and biomedical engineering graduate of Washington University in St. Louis − earned the honor.
2012 Fall Planting: The Woman of the Year Legacy Garden is located in front of the NCAA Hall of Champions in White River State Park. A community service activity provides middle school students the opportunity to join the NCAA Woman of the Year honorees in a day that includes planting seasonal flowers, bulbs, mulching and cleaning of the park.